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 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.
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.
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.
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.