School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) is an early intervention approach for participants in their last year of school and within 2 years of leaving school. It supports their transition from school to employment.
Providers who deliver SLES help young people prepare, look for and gain employment. They provide meaningful, individualised capacity building activities so young people can achieve their employment goals.
It is very important that the SLES Program is tailored to the individual as each participants circumstances, skills and abilities are different.
Part of managing a participant's employment barriers, providers can:
SLES funding builds a participant's ability and confidence to transition to a Disability Employment Service (DES) in the last 6 months of the SLES funding. This ensures that the participant is not left to find their own employment at the end of the funding.
The NDIS can fund SLES for up to two years, depending on the participant's circumstances.
Each person's SLES support will be different. Programs can include:
Extra Supports can also include:
Health and Fitness
Life skills and Social activities to support Independence
Support with gaining a Learner's Drivers License
Support with Further Study.
Providers and Independent SLES Workers work with participants to help them get ready for work. They plan employment pathways and develop tailored activities to meet each participant's needs. Supports can be delivered individually, in a group setting or a combination of both.
These supports typically include:
The nature and delivery of SLES supports depends on what the participant and their provider agree on in their service agreement.
I have been working with Rebecca with the SLES Program for nearly 2 years. I started in a group program and then went to an individual one. In that time I have volunteered at the Animal Welfare League because I have an interest in working with animals, I've done Work Experience at Balmoral Cinemas, I've attended Work Skills workshops in the community, done lots of Travel training so that I could use public transport to go to work, worked on my money skills and my social and communication skills. We also used the SLES Workbook to build up my work skills.
I have been doing SLES with Rebecca since November 2018. I had finished school and didn't know what I wanted to do . In the beginning of SLES we did the SLES Workbook. Then we've been doing Work Experience at St Vinnies. We also have done a lot of travel training catching buses and trains and gone to the gym and done exercise to help me with my anxiety. I also joined the RSPCA Happy Paws
Happy Hearts Program.