NDIS School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES)
SLES: What is it, what are its benefits and providers available
What is School Leaver Employment Supports?
School Leaver Employment Supports otherwise known as SLES is a service provided under the NDIS. Exactly as the name suggests, SLES provides those that are leaving school after Year 12 in Australia with opportunities to develop their skills, building networks in the community in order to secure employment. To be more specific, SLES will include work experience, job skills training and travel training https://www.ndis.gov.au/participants/finding-keeping-and-changing-jobs/leaving-school
A SLES program can teach skills such as money handling, communication, time management etc. https://www.ndis.gov.au/providers/working-provider/school-leaver-employment-supports
School Leaver Employment Supports is located under Capacity Building – Finding and Keeping a Job.
How can SLES benefit someone with a disability?
SLES can benefit those with disabilities in many different ways. One of the main benefits of using SLES is that it allows those with disabilities to foster independence and find a sense of purpose. Just because someone has a disability doesn’t mean they cannot live an independent life – of course permitted that the work is safe and able to be performed by the participant without any issues that can worsen or affect the participant. Not only for the financial benefits of employment but also the sense of independence and contribution to the world.
Many of those with disabilities may have a dream job or career; and SLES provides the support needed for participants to find those opportunities. Whether they want to pursue a career in IT, or hospitality, SLES can help develop those essential skills needed in adulthood – such as budgeting, writing a resume and professional skills.
Overall, those with disability may find that developing skills in a particular career such as communication, or learning to use a certain type of software is a great experience which can benefit them in other areas of their life.
Many SLES providers also form networks and connections with many employers who are supportive and welcoming to those with disabilities.
How do you choose a good SLES provider?
So how do you actually choose a SLES provider that will suit your needs? Well it is important to first find jobs or career opportunities that fit with your disability and that it is safe to perform. For example someone with a severe physical disability may not be able to perform manual labour which can be extremely dangerous for the person with a disability as well as others in the work environment. If the job isn’t chosen correctly it can lead to injuries or workplace accidents.
Other issues may be communicating with other employees at work, or the disability affecting work performance. This is a reality that has to be faced as someone with a disability. However, fortunately many with employment opportunities don’t require a lot of communication or heavy labour which may suit many disabilities. For example there are those living with disabilities who are able to work in hospitality despite their disability.
Many employers, employees and customers are very understanding and supportive towards those with disabilities so don’t feel intimidated by discrimination in the work environment.
Tips to find and keep a job
- be proactive in your job search – there are many sites
- create a professional resume highlighting your work experience, study, skills
- ensure that you are eligible for the position and can perform the tasks required. There are qualifications available from many institutions that offer subsidised courses. Many offer financial support for those with disabilities such as TAFE.
- relax and try not to stress!
- read our free PDF guide on actually choosing the right career
Education and training
In order to find a job and receive certain qualifications – many of the major universities, tertiary institutions and training institutes provide financial supports such as subsidised courses and scholarships. Other supports are also offered like adjusting the learning environment, ramp access etc.
Disability employment providers
For more information about SLES visit https://teamdsc.com.au/resources/understanding-sles
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