Teens given help with work transition

Individual training: Ability Options offers creative and flexible support programs to help high school leavers with a disability find work.

Individual training: Ability Options offers creative and flexible support programs to help high school leavers with a disability find work.

THE Ability Options Transition to Work program aims to help school leavers with disabilities or special learning needs develop skills, knowledge and experience to obtain a job.

Transition to Work manager Caroline Krix said the two-year program runs three days a week.

"We understand that each person is different with unique needs, career aspirations and talents and so we create an individual plan of training, work experience and other activities," she said.

"The program is usually from 9am to 3pm (but not limited), which may include delivering training (group or individual) on skills for the workplace, work experience, support at TAFE or other training courses and educational excursions.

"We aim to be very creative and flexible."

To be eligible to access Transition to Work, participants need to be a recent school leaver with disability or learning support needs who has been approved to receive Transition to Work funding from NSW Ageing Disability and Home Care, Ms Krix said.

"Ability Options Transition to Work program staff are available to attend schools or homes to meet with participants, teachers or parents.

"We also invite participants, teachers and parents to visit our office and speak with our staff about how we can help and there are also opportunities for participants to do a trial day.

"Additionally, we are running Mission Transition taste-tester sessions during term three (in Hornsby) and in term four (in Seven Hills) for students or schools interested in our Transition to Work program."

Details: call 8811 1717 or email caroline.krix@ability

options.org.au.

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