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School Leaver Employment Supports

Are you finishing school?

Graduating high school and transitioning into the real world can be an extremely exciting yet daunting change. To help you navigate the new transition, breakthru are here to help you build your capacity and learn the skills needed to prepare for work and find a job that’s right for you. 

Our supports are designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience to pursue your goals after school – be it long-term paid employment, volunteering or tertiary education.

What is SLES?

School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) is a plan specific funding item for Year 12 school leavers that are current or eligible participants with the NDIS. SLES is a program designed to help teenagers aged 16 – 19 to prepare for work and gain real-world experience prior to or just after graduating high school.

What does SLES involve?

If SLES funding has been approved, school leavers will be eligible to receive support for a maximum of 2 years. These supports are varied and diverse, so long as they are focused on improving employment opportunities and work-readiness. Examples of SLES activities may include:
  • Assistance finding work experience opportunities
  • Training and education 
  • Key skills development:
    • Time Management
    • Travelling
    • Money Handling
    • Taking Instructions 
    • Understanding Workplace Expectations 

After 2 years, most participants will then transition to Disability Employment Services to receive ongoing support now that they’re out of high school and better prepared for a real world working environment.

Why is SLES important?

The transition from school to work is a major life change for many young people. In most cases, the transition can feel even harder for people with disability. SLES funding is designed to facilitate a more proactive approach to this major transition. SLES aims to build capacity in new graduates so they have the knowledge, experience and confidence to go out and participate in the community soon after they graduate year 12. 

How do I get SLES in my NDIS plan?

To be eligible for SLES, participants must first be eligible to receive an NDIS plan. During the application process for an NDIS plan (or during the review period), you may choose to apply for SLES. 

For approval to take place, this means you must establish eligibility by submitting evidence in the form of a Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA), which is usually facilitated by your school.

What’s the difference between SLES and DES?

School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) works as an early intervention approach, designed to help school leavers navigate the often daunting transition from high school to employment. Supports are often more focused on building capacity and getting ready to work, as opposed to actually searching for work straight away.

Disability Employment Services (DES) offer more general support, aimed at assisting anyone aged 17 – 64 to find an appropriate job and maintain long term employment.

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