School to Work (SLES)

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Flagstaff’s School to Work pathways are designed for high school students who have an NDIS goal of getting ready to join the workforce. High school students and school leavers will receive support to prepare for part time or full-time employment, learn skills and build confidence to get a job in an industry of their choice.


Flagstaff recognises that everyone’s goals are different and that no two people are the same. For this reason, Flagstaff tailors its offering to suit the individual.

Why join Flagstaff’s School to Work? (Previously School Leaver Employment Support - SLES)

Flagstaff’s team of facilitators have a variety of life experiences, training and knowledge to help
participants with a disability. As a leading provider for School to Work support in the Illawarra, Macarthur and Shoalhaven, Flagstaff can offer:


• Flexibility with individual or group job ready supports

• Supports based on the person-centred approach

• Real-life work experience provided at Flagstaff in one of six diverse social enterprises or in local businesses in the industry of your choice

• Over 55 years of experience

• Specialist staff including vocational facilitators, Support Co-ordinators and trained Fitness Instructors

• The key to Flagstaff’s success is how to listen and work individually with each person

• A multi award winning NDIS provider and disability enterprise that takes pride in inclusive employment, high quality, safety and training standards

• Ongoing employment support after you have secured your job

• Flagstaff offers an inclusive environment providing lifelong learning that is relevant to the individual, friendly, flexible, goal oriented and fun.

How Does It Work?

  • Reach your Employment Goals.
  • Build communication skills.
  • Learn to work as a team.
  • Understand your rights and responsibilities.
  • Gain independence through travel skills.
  • Learn employment skills such as interview preparation, resume writing, time management, work-appropriate behaviour and how to get motivated for a job.
  • Build your confidence

Individualised Training

  • Obtain accredited training.
  • Support to search and apply for jobs.
  • Learn money and budget management.
  • Gain individual skill development.
  • Receive on the job and hands-on work experience.
  • Explore different career options in trade, retail and hospitality.
  • Get guidance to choose the right pathways leading to safer and healthier choices.

Hands On Work Experience

Flagstaff believes in building confidence in real workplaces and can provide knowledge and training in areas to support work experience placements.

  • Tradie Training for aspiring tradies to learn who to use tools and keep safe on a job site

  • Hospitality and Retail – Get involved hands on with our Coffee Cart – learning skills to gain work in the hospitality and tourism sector including customer service, payments and beverage skills

  • Production – work experience is provided in a number of production enterprises

  • Grounds maintenance – if you love working outdoors, spend your work experience working in our grounds maintenance crew

  • Office Skills – work in an inclusive office environment and learn hands on about daily administration, technology and operations skills

  • Work experience is provided with organisations in the community Eg. Councils, Major retailers, Clubs

Industry Days and Organisational Tours

Flagstaff recognises that classroom style learning does not suit everyone. For this reason, industry days and organisational tours have been integrated into School to Work pathways.

Participants will get to experience the real world as they visit different businesses and organisations within their local areas to gain knowledge and understanding of the different career opportunities available.

Vocational Pathways

Are you a high school student in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Macarthur thinking about life after school?


Designed for high school students from Years 9 to 12, Flagstaff’s Vocational Pathways offers participants with a disability access to work experience and vocational training in a supportive business environment.


Flagstaff works closely with schools in the Illawarra, Macarthur and Shoalhaven regions to
identify suitable students who would benefit from the support and continuously use student
feedback to enhance the activities to ensure the highest quality training and learning.


Workshops are held at Flagstaff in a professional work environment where students can gain work experience in one of six businesses.


The activities guide participants through three phases

Phase 1

Year 10

2 hours per week for 5 weeks

Each session is divided between one hour of theoretical learning and one hour of practical work experience in a different division of Flagstaff.

Phase 2

Year 11

2 hours per week for 5 weeks

Work experience tailored to the student’s interests and based in the areas which they personally found most valuable in phase one. This phase can be extended to fit in with the student’s goals.

Phase 3

Year 12

1 day per week for 4 weeks

Students will join “Taster Days” of real time experience in the Flagstaff’s School to Work Supports. The supports are tailored for student’s post-school goals, specifically independent living and employment goals.

Project LEAP

Project LEAP (Learning, Empowerment, Achievement and Purpose) is tailored support for high school support students aged 14-18 years who would benefit from a project-based work activity and who may not necessarily identify with having a disability.

Why take the LEAP?

  • Work on a series of mini-projects to achieve an end-result.
  • Develop independence and confidence.
  • Create employment learning in a goal-focused environment.
  • Developing long-term communication skills alongside work skills.
  • Specialist staff including vocational facilitators, an Indigenous Engagement Advisor, Support
  • Co-ordinators and trained fitness instructors.
  • LEAP runs over a 5-week period in Macarthur, Illawarra or Shoalhaven regions, with students attending for two hours a  week to work on their project.
  • Flagstaff provides transport to and from the project’s site and the school to assist students be involved in the activities.
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