Leaving School

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.

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 be deemed as Eligible for NDIS
  • You live in NSW
  • You want to improve your chances for work or study
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 means
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.

Look to the future. Find out about SLES today.

Contact us

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

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About Challenge Community Services

60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disabilities. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 2500 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 600 staff, 85 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.
In the spirit of Reconciliation, Challenge Community Services acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country, and their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs, and to Elders both past and present.
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