Dungog Students Get Started to Leap from School to Work!

Mai-Wel’s High School transition to work service is coming to Dungog.

Mai Wel’s Get Started is a unique program that assists students with disability in Year 11 and 12 to make a successful transition from school to work or other post-school vocational options of their choosing. Students attend tailored supports one day a week to gain training, mentoring and planned assistance to discover what their journey to employment may look like.

Currently provided in Maitland and Cessnock, Mai-Wel is excited to announce that the Get Started program will be available to students in Dungog in Term One of 2022!

Gaining employment has a vast range of benefits, from financial independence, to higher standards of living and access to social networks and increased self-confidence. For a person with disability, these benefits can be life changing, opening the door to increased independence and control.

The National Disability Services (NDS) have completed studies that show early intervention is key to ensuring young people with disability have the capacity to gain meaningful employment.

In 2017, studies stated that ‘if a young person with significant disability does not engage in employment by age 21, it is unlikely they ever will.’[1]

That’s why Mai-Wel started its innovative transition to work disability program Get Started back in 2010.

As one of the first transition to work disability services for young people in the Dungog area, this is a unique opportunity for High School students with disability to gain access to early intervention supports and prepare for life after graduation.

Through Get Started, students at Dungog can expect:

  • Access to timely and accurate career guidance and information
  • Opportunities to develop and practice employment-related skills
  • Access to structured workplace learning, employment opportunities and vocational learning opportunities
  • Seamless coordination of support through local partnerships between schools, agencies, businesses, individuals and their community
  • Transition to Vocational Education and Training; or even
  • Transition to Employment.

It’s easy for students to get started!

Visit the Get Started page on Mai-Wel LabourForce Solution’s website here and simply fill in an expressions of interest form. A member of Mai-Wel’s intake team will be in touch to discuss the next steps.

For media enquiries, please contact the Mai-Wel Communications and Corporate Identity team on 4057 2900 or news@maiwel.com.au.

[1] Siperstein, G, Parker, R & Drascher, M (2013), ‘National snapshot of adults with intellectual disabilities in the labor force’, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, vol.39, no.3, pp.1-27.

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