Ticket to Work

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Above: Julian, a year 11 student with Down syndrome, works after school in the canteen at Nunawading Basketball Stadium. Julian has mastered the art of coffee-making and says his customers are very happy with their lattes. Julian is now saving to buy a house and a car.

Above: Julian, a year 11 student with Down syndrome, works after school in the canteen at Nunawading Basketball Stadium. Julian has mastered the art of coffee-making and says his customers are very happy with their lattes. Julian is now saving to buy a house and a car.

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At a glance

Project
Ticket to Work- After School Jobs
Organisation
National Disability Services Limited
Grant Type
Innovation Grant
Amount
$140,000 over two years

National Disability Services (NDS) has identified that some young people with disability are not successfully transitioning from school into further training or employment; exposing them to a high risk of long-term disadvantage.

A grant from Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and other funders, has supported NDS to develop an Australian-first project which will support young people with significant disability to prepare for, gain and sustain after-school work.

Research by Deloitte and the results of the Ticket to Work pilot case study found that paid employment during secondary school is the main predictor of post-school employment for youth with disability.

Ticket to Work brings together community-based organisations to provide a combination of transition-focused curriculum, career development, work preparation and work experience that supports a young person to find and secure after-school part-time work. In Victoria 40 young people will now be able to participate in the program.

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