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Ticket to Work: After School Jobs Project - Getting students with disability into after school jobs

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What you need to know

  • Having a paid job while at school is the number one indicator of employment post-school for young people with disability. 
  • The Ticket to Work After School Jobs project assisted 81 secondary students to get their first job.
  • Research and resources are available for providers to share the learnings and outcomes.
  • Providers are encouraged to assist students with disability to get an after school job - there are NDIS funds available to do so.

An after school job is a rite of passage for most adolescents - today over 60 per cent of secondary students have paid, after-school employment. Unfortunately, many students with disability miss out on this important opportunity, putting them at a disadvantage in their journey from school to work. This is concerning as longitudinal studies have shown having a paid job while at school is the number one indicator of employment post-school for young people with disability. 

In response to this, NDS's Ticket to Work initiative embarked on the After School Jobs Project. With support from the Ticket to Work Networks, philanthropic organisations and Jobs Victoria, they assisted 81 secondary students with disability to get their first job.  This demonstrated that there are real prospects for providing these experiences for young people with disability and benefits in doing so. NDIS funding support is available for students with disability who want to start thinking about and engaging in work activities as they approach working age (refer to page 7 of the NDIS work and study operational guideline). 

Disability Service Providers can support this important work: 

  • Disability employment providers, with NDIS funding available, can offer after school work opportunities for students with disability
  • NDIS employment providers can support work participation for young people with disability while at school, providing a gateway to increase post-school employment outcomes
  • All providers can assist students with disability into after school and post-school employment

We are pleased to launch the below After School Jobs Project resources, research and outcomes. Please utilise these resources and share them with your relevant networks.

After School Jobs Project resources

Ticket to Work After School Jobs Guide [PDF]
Ticket to Work After School Jobs Guide [Word Accessible]

Podcast: How students with disabilities are getting their first job

Ticket to Work After School Jobs Project report [PDF]
Ticket to Work After School Jobs Project report [Word Accessible]

After school jobs stories

Contact information

For any enquiries, please contact Amy Scott, Partnership and Development Coordinator, 0491 213 520,