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.
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.
Courtney 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, Courtney 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.
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.
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.
Petros Christou, 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 Smith, 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 Weiss 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 Simson 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.
Jen, the venue manager at Two Before Ten café, has a commitment to her local community. She was approached by the Ticket to Work network to potentially provide some work experience for Charlotte, a year 12 student with Down Syndrome. Jen says, “I wanted to give someone a go.”
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 Dreger 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.
A retail traineeship was the perfect match for school student Fara’s first job. Fara was introduced to EPIC Assist via the Ticket to Work initiative at his school in 2017. EPIC uses the Ticket to Work approach to build a supportive local network for students, and with integrated services and support, students receive improved employment.
Lachlan Ward Curran may only be in Year 11, but he’s already making steps to kick-start his future career. Lachlan connected with EPIC Assist (EPIC) and started his Certificate II in Retail Services traineeship in March 2017. Every Tuesday Lachlan has a day away from school, heading to an eight-hour shift at Woolworths Garden City.
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.
EPIC Assist is proud to be involved in the Ticket to Work initiative. Ticket to Work takes a partnership approach to improving the employment and education outcomes of young people with disability. EPIC uses the Ticket to Work approach to build a supportive local network for students.
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 Chamberlain 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.
At just 18, Ashleigh Edwards has already achieved her dream job – sorting letters and parcels in the mail room at Parliament House. The teenager, who has autism, is a year 12 student at The Woden School for students with a disability and other special needs.
Blake Kirkbride is a young man who connected with Ticket to Work through EPIC Assist in Maryborough. Ticket to Work supports student with disability to build their employability skills by supporting their transition from school to employment. With support through EPIC, Blake started a school-based traineeship while attending Maryborough State High School.
Elias Joslin – 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.
Sarah Wardle – 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.
Stephen Parsons’ work life is testimony to what can happen and when a person with a disability gets an opportunity to improve his skills. Mr Parsons is part of Ticket to Work initiative which helps young people get into the workforce.
“It has helped her become more resilient and is building on her confidence when dealing with the many types of people she encounters.” High school students with disability are receiving the support they need to prepare for work and community life as part of an Australian-first project.
Tasmanian Ticket to Work participants get recognised for their great work. Ticket to Work participants have taken a clean sweep at the Tasmania training awards. Jacob, Hannah and Rhiannon are all part of the Southern Tasmania Ticket to Work initiative.
Since starting his career at Bunnings five years ago, Oliver Curtis has become a valued long-standing member of the Bunnings team. While in his final years of school Oliver was offered the opportunity to improve his employability skills and work towards his employment goals through Ticket to Work.
Jayden Bell is a former student of Montague Continuing Education Centre, a senior secondary school for students with intellectual disability. He is also a Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) graduate, Duke of Edinburgh award recipient, youth group leader and an aspiring chef.
Young people with disability are challenging limiting stereotypes and preparing for independent lives after school. A group of senior students at Naranga, a specialist school in Frankston, are proving that young people with disability are able to develop the skills needed for success in the world of work.
Hannah is an 18-year-old student of Claremont College in Tasmania and a Business Administration trainee who has been recognised by her employer for her excellent work. As a young person with a disability who has employment aspirations, Hannah is taking part in Ticket to Work.
Nomaan is a 21 year old kitchen steward at Melbourne’s Crown Casino and an aspiring actor. A former student at Berendale School, Nomaan became a participant in Ticket to Work during school when he saw an opportunity to pursue his career interests and learn more about the world of work.
Sam is a proud Business Administration Trainee working as a part-time employee in a busy office environment. Through ‘Ticket to Work’ Sam is completing a School-based Traineeship which requires him to work 13 hours per week in the workplace and attend St Bede’s College for the remainder of the week.
Arnold, a student at Berendale School, is a proud retail trainee at Melbourne’s Southern Golf Club receiving support and assistance from two Ticket to Work partners; Youth Connect and Marriott Employment Options.
Phillip undertook a Ticket to Work Australian School-based Traineeship (ASbAT) with Snippers Garden Care, a sole operator gardening maintenance business, during 2012. While completing his horticulture School-based Traineeship, Phillip was also completing his secondary studies at Berendale School.
This Video created by NDIA profiles the work of Perth Hills Ticket to Work network working with NDIA in the School to Work pilot that provides students with 150 hours of customised employment support to assist them to transition in open employment or self-employment.
This Video created by the NDIA profiles Oni, a Ticket to Work participant in the Perth Hills region and part of NDIS trial. The Ticket to Work network supported Oni to take on an School based Traineeship at the Westpac bank.