School Leaver Employment Supports

Delivering school leaver employment supports

School leaver employment supports help participants move from school to work and are available in the final years of school and directly after leaving school.

Providers who deliver school leaver employment supports help young people prepare, look for and gain employment. They provide meaningful, individualised capacity building activities so young people can achieve their employment goals.

As part of managing a participant’s employment barriers, providers can:

  • support a participant’s unique pathway to employment
  • help foster partnerships and goodwill in the local community
  • use their professional networks to engage and connect with employers.

How school leaver employment supports work

School leaver employment supports funding builds a participant’s ability and confidence to enter the workforce.

The NDIS can fund school leaver employment supports for up to two years, depending on the participant’s circumstances.

Each school leaver’s employment supports will be different. The following skills may be part of an individual program of supports to help participants get ready for employment:

  • money handling skills
  • time management skills
  • communication skills
  • discovery activities
  • work experience
  • job ready skills
  • travel skills
  • personal development skills

Provider expectations

Providers 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, or a combination of both.

These supports typically include:

  • work experience in an inclusive employment environment
  • employability and/or vocational specific skills
  • other foundation skills that enable engagement in work (for example travel training or money handling).

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.

We expect the provider and the participant to develop an activities schedule, reflected in a service agreement. This helps the participant reach their employment goals.

The nature and delivery of school leaver employment supports depends on what the participant and their provider agree on in their service agreement.

Provider resources

Providers interested in delivering school leaver employment supports should review the following resources:

This page current as of
3 March 2022
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