Our evaluations have shown that young people with disability can thrive in open employment when prepared and supported at school using a coordinated approach. Currently, however, young people are not successfully transitioning from school into further training or employment. Less than 7 per cent of students from special school go on to employment in the community. Without appropriate supports, timely transition to employment is extremely unlikely. In response to this, Ticket to Work uses a collaborative approach to support young people with disability into work. Through the Ticket to Work networks, we have achieved the following outcomes:
A comparison study of the post school outcomes of Ticket to Work participants found that young people with disability in the Ticket to Work initiative are twice as likely to be employed, much more likely to participate in education and training, and tend to be more socially independent (ARTD, 2019).
We have also evaluated the experiences of our stakeholders, employers, parents and Ticket to Work members.
Ticket to Work has shown that these young people have the potential to succeed in work and become valuable members of the workforce. There is a lot we can do to make this happen.
From our research, we have collated what young people, parents, employers, schools and our members say about Ticket to Work.