Leaving school can be an exciting yet daunting time for all students.
School Leaver Employment Support (or SLES) is a NDIS support that may be an option for you or your child and it’s something that the team at Leap in! HQ can help you navigate.
What exactly is SLES?
SLES is reasonable and necessary support available which can be added to a NDIS Plan to help students with disabilities achieve the number one goal of all school leavers – to find and start a job after their high school graduation.
Through SLES, NDIS offers support for school leavers at an individualised level for up to two (2) years after completing Year 12. SLES is designed to support students with disabilities through helping them to prepare for work and to plan their pathway to employment.
Some examples of the supports SLES might offer include work experience in open employment, job skills training and travel training.
How can I plan for SLES?
For school leavers, making sure SLES is listed in their NDIS Plan can provide a very helpful hand in bridging the gap between leaving school and thinking about their future employment.
Each NDIS participant’s SLES supports are tailored to meet their employment goals. Because of this, it’s important to be ready for your planning meeting by preparing a written list of your employment goals and the everyday challenges you face that will make achieve that goal difficult.
If you would like help preparing for you or your child’s plan meeting and have any questions about SLES, we can help get you started. You can read our article What is a goal?