School Leavers Employment Supports (SLES)

Delivering School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES)

School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) is an early intervention approach for participants in their last year of 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.

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 SLES works

SLES funding builds a participant’s ability and confidence to work with a Disabilty Employment Service (DES).

The NDIS can fund SLES for up to two years, depending on the participant’s circumstances.

Each person’s SLES supports will be different. However, the following skills can help participants get ready for employment:

  • money handling skills
  • time management skills
  • communication skills
  • discovery activities
  • work experience
  • learning how to take instruction at work
  • travel 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 SLES supports depends on what the participant and their provider agree on in their service agreement.

Provider resources

Providers interested in delivering SLES should review the following resources:

This page current as of
2 July 2020
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