School Leaver Employment Support (SLES)

We understand that the transition to life after school can feel overwhelming. atWork Australia supports students and their families to prepare for the transition from school to further education or employment. We connect with schools, local employers and the community to identify and fulfil students’ employment and career goals.

Who are the services for?

We assist students who may be eligible for, or already have, an NDIS plan to work out what future employment opportunities are available and what opportunities are right for them. SLES is available to NDIS participants of school leaving age.

We also work with employers to identify roles that suit students’ specific skills and goals.

What are the services?

With the assistance of a dedicated NDIS Consultant, we provide career guidance, counselling and capacity building services to students to help them feel positive about their future.

Together we explore each student’s strengths and build their confidence to get them ready for life beyond school. We work one-on-one with students to create a personalised plan, tailored to each student’s needs.

Support may include training and mentoring, identifying skills and interests, résumé preparation, finding work experience opportunities, interview skills training, and assistance to find and maintain meaningful employment.

Frequently asked questions

SLES is an early intervention approach for NDIS participants of school leaving age, helping them transition to life beyond school. In order to be eligible for SLES, it must be specified in your NDIS plan. The line item number is 10_021_0102_5_3

Eligibility for SLES support can begin from Year 10 and can continue up to 22 years of age.

SLES allows young people to better understand their work interests and support needs, with the aim of leading to sustainable and meaningful long-term employment.

The transition to life beyond school can be overwhelming. SLES offers students, families and schools a holistic, consistent and supported approach on the pathway from school to employment.

atWork Australia’s Employment Advisors work one-on-one with students to create a personalised plan, tailored to each students’ needs. Support may include:

  • Mentoring and training
  • Confidence building
  • Presentation
  • Time management
  • Safety in the community and online
  • Travel planning
  • Furthering education
  • Identifying skills and interests
  • Resume preparation
  • Finding work experience opportunities
  • Interview skills training
  • Money handling and budgeting
  • Working in a team
  • Communication skills

This fact sheet from the NDIS helps to explain the key differences between SLES and DES.

We provide career guidance, counselling and capacity building services, helping our clients to build job skills, confidence and independence. We work alongside a strong network of employers and community partners who are looking to employ people of all abilities.

Complete our registration form or call 1300 192 632 to chat to our helpful and friendly support team.

Our detailed NDIS SLES Funding Guide provides a step by step process on how to apply for SLES funding.

If you or someone you know is of school leaving age and eligible for NDIS support, we can help