For high school and TAFE students, work experience is an important rite of passage. A few weeks spent in a working environment can provide a student with his or her first real insight into the realities of working life and, perhaps, their future career.
For many students with a disability however, work experience can be a time of discrimination and exclusion. Many schools report struggling to find work experience places which are adapted for, or willing to take, students with complex support needs.
Fighting Chance’s Work Experience Program is designed for students with disabilities in their final years at school or TAFE who are looking for a supportive working environment in which to do their work experience.
The program combines training and skills development (including IT skills, workplace skills and professional behaviour), with on-the-job practical experience in either of our social enterprises, to give the student a structured introduction to the working world.
The program can run intensively over a few weeks, or part-time for one or more terms.
All personal care, medication, assistive technology and support needs can be accommodated for by the Fighting Chance team.
Supported by Newman’s Own Foundation