ADHC Achievements Report 2010–11: Post School Programs
Behind every service offered through Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), there is a personal story of how our work is helping people lead independent lives, fulfil their potential and actively participate in the community.
The Achievements Report 2010-11 details ADHC’s achievements over the past year and importantly, provides insight into the positive impact our services and our staff have on our clients’ lives.
This week the spotlight is on Jenny’s story and ADHC’s Post School Program, Transition to Work.
Jenny’s story: Transition to Work in action
Jenny entered ADHC’s Transition to Work (TTW) program after finishing Year 12.
Through TTW Jenny developed her social interaction, verbal and written communication skills enabling her to successfully complete a Certificate I in WorkSkills for Life.
After 18 months of skills development, training and work placements, Jenny found work as a Customer Service Officer at a local pharmacy. Jenny now travels by bus to work each day and enjoys helping her customers.
The program helped build Jenny’s confidence and increased her independence.
Now Jenny also has financial independence which means she can plan for her future.
Overview of Post School Programs
ADHC provides funds to non-government organisations across NSW to deliver Post School Programs including Transition to Work, Community Participation and Post School Options programs.
These programs help young people with a disability to develop the skills they need to increase their independence and participate as valued and active members of the community.
Transition to Work is a two year program that prepares young people with a disability for employment.
The program helps develop the skills and/or qualifications young people need to successfully secure and sustain employment. The program is primarily targeted at young people with moderate to high needs who need an alternative to paid employment or further education in the medium or longer term.
In 2010-11, 6,800 people attended Post School programs, including Community Participation and Transition to Work, compared to 4,200 in 2005/06 (63% increase).
On average, 60 per cent of Transition to Work participants successfully transition to work or further education.