Getting extra work experience during high school is an important step in the transition from school to work. This film is about things families and young people can do during high school to get ready for life after school and getting their first job in open employment.
“Working has been great for Sarah’s independence. Through doing work experience while at school, she learned the skills to use public transport. She can now get all around Perth via bus or train” says Sarah’s mum Miriam.
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Jenny is a Support Coordinator for Disability Employment Services at BIZLINK in WA. Her role is to assist clients in their jobs and support them to maintain open employment, focusing on personalising the support to the client’s needs to ensure they have meaningful participation in employment.
Charlotte got her first taste of work in 2018 at Two Before Ten Café while in year 12. This after school job is where she brewed her love for food and coffee. The early participation in work has opened more employment doors for Charlotte. She is now 20 years old and has two jobs
Emma was looking for her first job, to start to earn some of her own money. She was keen to work as a crew member at McDonalds, just like many of her peers. Through the Ticket to Work network and support of the After School Job pilot, Emma now has that job!
I wanted Krystal to experience a supportive working environment where she can get some real world experience, so when the time comes for her to attend her first job interview, she will have more confidence in herself.
Petros, a year 12 with an intellectual disability at Berendale Secondary School, has landed his first ever job at Big W. Supported by the Ticket to Work network through the After School Jobs pilot project, Petros has a chance to be like all other secondary students and be supported to have a part-time after school job.
Cozido’s Bakery in Moorabbin was the perfect first ever job for Harry, a year 12 student at Berendale Secondary School. With the support of his local Ticket to Work network and a pilot project, Harry now works 4 hours a week at his local bakery as a kitchen hand and is loving it.
Julian loves basketball and with the support of Ticket to Work has scored himself a job at Nunawading Basketball Stadium – a dream of his. As a year 11 student with Down syndrome, Julian wanted the same rite of passage as his peers – the chance to have an after-school job.
Sean is a year 12 student at Berendale School in Moorabbin. He also just saved the Bunnings Moorabbin store from being thieved $2,500 in stock! Sean has an intellectual disability and was supported to get his first job at Bunnings though the ‘After School Job pilot’ run by his local Ticket to Work network.
Matt has a passion for tinkering with engines and bringing new life to old machines. Matt has been repairing garden equipment and small motors since he left school. To learn more about engines Matt did the Certificate in Small Engines course at Chisholm Institute in 2012.
Lynda is the mother of Charlotte, a year 12 student with Down Syndrome who has been busy over the past year taking part in six difference work experience placements. Through Ticket to Work and the support of Charlotte’s school, Lynda now feels more positive about Charlotte finishing school.
Since starting his career at the Maryborough Sports Club, Brock has gone from strength to strength and is a valued member of the organisation. Brock is a young man with speech language impairment who commenced his Australian School based Apprenticeship and Traineeship at the Maryborough Sports Club three years ago.
Michael’s dream job is to own his own a coffee cart, where he can make biscuits and coffee and can employ other young people with disability from his school. Michael is in year 12 at Black Mountain School and has autism spectrum disorder.
Exacerbated by high youth unemployment – sitting at 21% in “hot spots” such as Tasmania – research shows that less than 10% of people with a significant disability participate in the workforce, yet there are more than 680,000 students with disability in Australia.
By Garry Heald from Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School. I attended a forum two years ago on Ticket to Work held by Community Transition Support (CTS). The element that jumped out at me was the great opportunity for our students to participate in the Ticket to Work interview process.
Kyal is a 19 year old student with autism and ADHD. He started out by making healthy treats for the family husky Apollo, which soon turned into a successful business with thousands of happy furry customers. Kyal began his micro-business ‘Kyal’s Doggy Delights’ when he was 16 years old.
Elias is part of Ticket to Work, a partnership initiative to support young people with significant disability make a transition from school to work. Elias is a recent school leaver from Busselton who is working as a trolley collector while preparing for his future.
Serco Employee Sarah enjoys working in the HR department for Serco at Fiona Stanley Hospital. Sarah works four days a week in a role that was specifically designed to maximise her skills and abilities. The job involves a range of tasks including the assembling of induction packages and greeting new staff.
Brayden has been completing the work experience component of his Certificate II in Retail Services at IKEA, North Lakes. The Team Leader, Jess, says she’s seen real improvements in Brayden’s initiative and willingness to solve problems on his own.
Anthony decided to commence a Certificate II in Business to prepare him for work life and increase his opportunities. Ever since then, he has been focused on the future. He’s confident that he will reach his employment goals now that he has work experience.
A highlight for Kevin was when he saw his son going to work wearing a uniform for the first time and looking part of the team. “He feels like he’s progressing through life, it makes him feel like he’s one of the boys” Kevin said.
“I think my favourite time was watching Mia use her initiative to take an order. It was really amazing to see that happen, that her confidence had grown that she is doing things of her own bat,” Maddie says.
“Blake struggled at times with some of the heavier tasks associated with his traineeship, like concreting and shoveling,” explained Don and Christine, owners of the Nursery. “So he took it upon himself to start going to the gym to improve his strength, which worked well. He showed a lot of initiative, and was very dedicated to completing the traineeship.”
“I really enjoyed working at the surf lifesaving club. I love talking to people and being around them” he said. My Parsons said he worked at the club three times a week and was full of praise for the program.
Through the school involvement in the Ticket to Work initiative, Jayden identified hospitality as an area that would suit his passion for cooking. A local Ticket to Work network, made up of local businesses and organisations, worked with Jayden to find a suitable placement.
Once they have identified a young person with employment goals, Ticket to Work networks collaborate to support work preparation, training and placements with an approach that considers the local context and the needs of the young person. Local networks aim to involve a broad range of stakeholders including schools, DES (Disability Employment Services) and other community agencies.
Colby and his parents have wanted to find employment that could fit around his school commitments and was close to home. For Colby, an understanding employer that would provide consistency and allow him to learn his own way was important.
Phillip was thinking about a horticulture career, but it was only after working one day per week with Snippers Garden Care that he decided this type of work genuinely suited him. Phillip has said that the early starts, manual work and on-site locations made him “really enjoy gardening and maintenance”.
The NDIA school to work trial looks at getting young people the opportunity to get work experience and casual jobs in out of school hours, while they’re still at school, because we know that will help them get employment after school finish.
Since taking Gavin on, and with the help of staff from Epic Assist, GMG has taken on two more students with disability from within the Ticket to Work network for a traineeship, with the hope to offer them employment when they finish school.