School to Work
Together with Imagine More (ACT) and CRU - Community Resource Unit (QLD), we are working on a new project to support young people with disability to engage with employment.
School to Work aims to inspire and equip students with disability, through the support of families, to seek meaningful, paid employment in the community.
- Workshops, free webinars and small group info sessions
- 1:1 support
We regularly hold the following introductory webinars:
- Imagining, Discovering and Finding Work 2-part introductory webinar - now available for viewing online
- Accessing Work Experience Through School
- NDIS Plans: Making the most of a young person's employment supports
- Customised Employment 2-part webinar
- Employment Suports - Finding the right match
Our in-depth full day School to Work Workshops run at various NSW venues throughout the year.
SCHOOL TO WORK CONFERENCES
We also held two conferences over the course of the three-year project.
The National Employment Conference: Securing Futures, Shifting Mindsets took place at the Novotel Parramatta in September 2022.
The second National Conference: Opening Opportunities, took place at the Hotel Realm in Canberra in May 2023.
Visit our events page for dates and to register to our upcoming events.
If you would like to join our mailing list and be kept up to date with developments of this project, including dates and times of webinars and workshops, please add your details to the form below.
Why is employment for people with disability so important?
People with disability have significant barriers to obtaining paid employment. Australia ranks 21 out of 29 in the employment of people with disability among OECD countries. NDIS participants in employment has remained at 21% throughout the life of the Scheme and only 41% of this group aged between 14 and 25 obtained paid employment in the open market. The most recent NDIS employment outcomes data reported that people with Down Syndrome and intellectual disability are most likely to be working in an Australia Disability Enterprise (ADE) rather than in open employment (NDIS 2018, Outcomes Report).
To improve these outcomes, a grassroots approach is needed which works directly with families so that they have the vision, knowledge and capacity to support their children to plan early, harness the use of existing pathways in the school years and support their children in meaningful employment.