Employment Support

Employment Support

What is Employment Services?

At AYS, If you’re living with an injury or illness and want to find a job, or build your skills in order to find a job, we are here to help.

Why AYS Employment Services?

Our committed and experienced employment team provide an individualised service to get to know you first. We understand your barriers, fears and anxieties to finding and keeping work and we can help you to overcome them.

How does AYS choose a workplace to suit me?

AYS offers an individualised service which means you will spend time with our employment team to ensure you can tell us what your hobbies and interests are. We then use our networks to seek a working environment which match your interests, skills and abilities.

How do I stay in work?

AYS continues to follow up and support you during your career. We want you to feel valued and fulfilled in your work. If things change, we can work with you to achieve the following:

  • Identify and cope with feelings towards your workplace

  • Communicate and socialise with work colleagues and customers

  • Act as a career counsellor throughout your working life

School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES)

How does AYS deliver school leaver employment supports?

School leaver employment supports help participants move from school to work and are available in the final years of school and directly after leaving school. Access Your Supports delivers school leaver employment supports by helping young people prepare, look for and gain employment. We provide meaningful, individualised capacity building activities so young people can achieve their employment goals.

As part of managing a participant’s employment barriers, AYS can:

  • support a participant’s unique pathway to employment
  • help foster partnerships and goodwill in the local community
  • use their professional networks to engage and connect with employers.

How school leaver employment supports work?

School leaver employment supports funding builds a participant’s ability and confidence to enter the workforce. The NDIS can fund school leaver employment supports for up to two years, depending on the participant’s circumstances. Each school leaver’s employment supports will be different. The following skills may be part of an individual program of supports to help participants get ready for employment:

  • money handling skills
  • time management skills
  • communication skills
  • discovery activities
  • work experience
  • job ready skills
  • travel skills
  • personal development skills

Case Study: Employment Supports

Patrick has become a valued team member at Access Your Supports. His professional journey begins when he was studying for a Diploma in Digital and Interactive Games at the Swinburne University of Technology using his School Leaver Employment Support (SLES) funding.

Patrick chose Access Your Supports (AYS) and started working with Employment Coordinator Renee in 2019. He had volunteered in the past but had never had paid employment and felt as though applying for jobs was wasting employers’ time as he lacked confidence and didn’t believe in himself. He felt as if he was a burden.

“I remember feeling upset and frustrated as I was finishing Year 12. I dreaded meeting new people and didn’t feel excited to do things I normally loved”. 

Patrick wasn’t comfortable on job searching in the beginning due to previous negative experiences from external opportunities. Pat felt previous SLES always felt too generalised for him prior to AYS. He felt he had needs that weren’t being addressed. He thought he had all this study experience but what did it equate to regarding employability skills.

It took time to build a strong rapport with his Employment Coordinator Renee, but it was worth it as it allowed Pat to trust Renee’s recommendations. There were many interviews and work experiences along the way, but Patrick knew where he wanted to be.

Pat was very humbled when he was successful in obtaining a kitchen hand position at the Treehouse Café. Not long after Pat started at the café, AYS Director Ralph approached Renee to ask if Pat would be interested in working in Plan Management.

A year on, Pat is a very valued member of the Plan Management team. He has even won an award for his efforts and is now starting to train new staff. He continues to strengthen his abilities by working alongside the AYS IT team.  

“I am thankful for the support of Renee and the trust AYS has in me. I feel like I have found my second home”.

Keep up the great work, Pat!