Damon has always excelled on the footy field but after finishing school he wasn’t quite ready to gain employment.
The transition from school to employment is often quite difficult but with the assistance of Job Centre Australia and the NDIS, Damon is proud to have completed his first year in the workforce!
Job Centre Australia Choice and Control is a registered provider for the School Leavers Employment Supports (SLES) program which offers eligible school leavers like Damon, the chance to gain the fundamental skills that are needed to successfully gain employment.
Offered as part of the NDIS Finding and Keeping a Job registration group, SLES focuses on supporting year 12 school leavers who are eligible NDIS participants to gain the skills required to transition into employment.
As part of his skills training, Damon undertook two weeks of work experience at Coles Wallsend and enjoyed it so much that he sought the help JCA’s Disability Employment Service (DES) to enter the next phase of his journey towards employment.
Then, excelling in his placement, Coles created a role for Damon enabling him to learn on the job skills and gain well needed workplace experience.
With the support of both Job Centre Australia and Coles, we are proud to say that Damon has now been employed for almost 12 months.
National skills week highlights the opportunities available through Australia’s vocational education and training sector, the NDIS and employment services, and how successful they can be in combination with each other.
Not only has it been a successful year for Damon in the workplace, Damon is a budding forward pocket for the Cardiff Hawks AFL side and was named captain of the NSW AFL side that competed in the Inclusion Cup at Launceston earlier this year.
If you have an NDIS plan, are seeking employment assistance or have an opportunity for young person to gain workplace skills, give Job Centre Australia a call on 4910 0608 or visit www.jobcentreaustralia.com.au.
Job Centre Australia is a not for profit, community based organisation funded by the Department of Social Services.