Finishing school can be a mix of exciting and overwhelming feelings for everyone. Some people have a clear idea of what they want to do, while others are still exploring and trying to figure things out.
No matter where you are in your journey after school, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. We are here to assist you in learning new skills and gaining the confidence you need to find a job that you truly enjoy.
School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) is a dedicated funding program aimed at assisting school leavers who are either current participants or eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
SLES is specifically designed to empower young adults by equipping them with the necessary skills and practical experience to thrive in the workplace.
If SLES funding has been approved, school leavers will be eligible to receive support for up to 2 years. These supports are varied and diverse, so long as they are focused on improving employment opportunities and work-readiness.
The transition from school to work is a major life change for many young people. In most cases, the transition can feel even harder for people with disability.
SLES funding is designed to facilitate a more proactive approach to this major transition. SLES aims to build capacity in new graduates, so they have the knowledge, experience and confidence to go out and participate in the community soon after they graduate year 12.
To be eligible for SLES, participants must first be eligible to receive a NDIS plan. During the application process for a NDIS plan (or during the review period), you may choose to apply for SLES if your plan has the goal to gain employment.
For approval to take place, you will need to provide supporting documentation such as a Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA) from an Occupational Therapist, supporting evidence from your doctor or health care providers, and an individual Transition Plan (ITP) which your school can assist with.
School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) works as an early intervention approach, designed to help school leavers navigate the often daunting transition from high school to employment. Supports are often more focused on building capacity and getting ready to work, as opposed to actually searching for work straight away.
Disability Employment Services (DES) offer more general support, aimed at assisting anyone aged 17 – 64 to find an appropriate job and maintain long term employment.
To receive DES supports the young person must be able to work 8 hours fairly independently or have completed SLES Supports for a period of 2 years.
Meet Taine, a young man who faced challenges with a positive spirit. With support from Breakthru’s School Leaver Employment Support (SLES) program and guidance from Josh, his support worker, Taine gained confidence. Today, he excels as the resident green thumb at Bunnings, demonstrating resilience and personal growth.
If you have a significant and permanent disability, injury or illness that affects your daily life, you may be eligible to access the NDIS.
To start your application, call the NDIS at 1800 800 110.
If you need assistance, reach out to your Local Area Coordinator, Early Childhood Early Intervention partner, the local National Disability Insurance Agency, or Breakthru for support.
This may involve sharing details about your disability and how it affects your daily life.
Providing recent information and collaborating with your healthcare providers can strengthen your case for NDIS eligibility.
Once the Access Request decision is done, you'll receive a written notice of the decision.
Afterward, you'll meet with an NDIS community partner to determine the support level for your NDIS plan.
Call our friendly team on 1800 767 212 or simply fill this form and we will be in touch.
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Thank you to everyone for all your continuous support. This job has been amazing for both my mental and physical health, and I finally feel like I can start moving forward with my life.
Breakthru have done so much for me, they encouraged me, but they also made me do the work. I would say to anyone thinking of going with Breakthru to trust them. They really do get to know their clients and understand their potential.
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