School Leavers Employment Supports (SLES)

School Leavers Employment Supports (SLES) is an early intervention approach for Year 12 school leavers, designed to support their transition from school to employment.

Providers who deliver SLES help young people aspire to employment, by working with the participant to provide meaningful, individualised capacity building activities to achieve the participant’s employment goals. The NDIA values providers and recognises the importance of delivering high quality, person-centred supports and services.

As part of managing participants’ barriers to employment, providers can:

  • provide evidenced based best practice that supports participants unique pathways to employment;
  • help foster partnerships and goodwill in the local community; and
  • use their employer and professional networks and develop innovative business practices that engage and connect with employers.

Provider expectations

Providers work with participants to help them get ready for work, and planning their pathway to employment. They develop individually tailored activities to support and meet the participant’s employment goals. These supports would typically include:

  • work experience in open employment;
  • job site training; and
  • travel training.

It is important to consider the needs of the participant and family when transitioning from a structured school environment. Participants may initially be seeking regular activity and structure while others will be ready for a highly individualised service.

It is expected that the provider and the participant will develop a schedule of activities, reflected in a Service Agreement that will enable the participant to reach their employment goals. The nature of these supports and whether they are delivered in a group, individually, or a combination of both will vary as agreed upon by the participant and their chosen provider at the time of the Service Agreement.

Provider resources

Providers interested in delivering SLES should review the following resources:

This page current as of
1 February 2019