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School Leavers Employment Supports

Getting a foot in the door

We know landing your first job is not always easy. That’s why we help young people with a disability gain valuable work experience.

What happens in the SLES program?

First, we find out what your employment goals are. What type of job are you looking for? Do you need to do further study to achieve your work goals?

We will then work out a program that’s just right for you. This could include group activities, such as putting together your resume, or individual tasks like work experience or preparing for your interview. 

What skills will I learn?

We will teach you about many different aspects of work-life, including:

  • How to keep safe from harm and injury and stay healthy at work
  • How to work in a team
  • How to do manual handling tasks safely and efficiently
  • What your rights and responsibilities are as a worker
  • How to appropriately use social media at work
  • How to interact with people at work with confidence
  • What superannuation is and why it’s important
  • What disability standards at work mean

Am I eligible for the School Leavers Employment Support program?

You may be eligible for the School Leavers Employment Support (SLES) program if:

  • You are a school leaver who has completed year 12 and has an intellectual, psychiatric or sensory disability
  • You have been assessed and deemed as Eligible for NDIS
  • You live in NSW
  • You want to improve your chances for work or study

Look to the future. Find out about SLES today.

You can also learn more about applying for a job through our Connexions program.

I’m not sure what job I want. Can I still join SLES?

As part of SLES, you will have the opportunity to try out jobs to see what you like and what you’re good at, then help you work towards your goals.

Will I get hands-on work experience?

Yes. Hands on work experience can be provided in group or an individual setting.

Work experience is sourced based on individual goals and preferences and is screened to ensure safety and suitability for each participant.

Work experience provides essential exposure to ensure that you are suited to a particular industry.

Can I get a qualification through SLES?

Yes. Qualifications can be obtained through work experience placement that could lead to apprenticeships/ traineeships.

Supports can assist participants to acquire skills through training courses relevant to your chosen area of work placement.

Help with NDIS

NDIS support

School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) is funded under Capacity Building – Finding and Keeping a Job in your NDIS plan.

The NDIS is responsible for funding supports to assist people with disability to prepare for, and take part in work, where the person has work capacity but needs some more support before receiving ongoing employment support through existing systems. More information from NDIS.

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