Griffith Post School Options (GPSO) began operating in Griffith in early 1993 when the state government provided funding to establish programs for young adults with a disability to make the transition from school to community life.
GPSO strives to assist people with a disability to achieve their full potential, enabling each person to enjoy quality of life whilst also becoming a valued community member.
School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) is an NDIS-funded early intervention approach for year 12 school leavers with a disability.
Designed to support transition from school to employment, the program develops the skills and qualifications needed by young people to successfully secure and sustain a job.
Griffith Post School Options (GPSO) assists participants to work towards their employment goals by providing SLES for up to two years.
The program provides support to young people with a range of needs.
SLES is available to eligible young people who are unable to immediately access programs when they leave school due to their additional support needs.
It focuses on getting the skills and capacity required for employment, vocational education and training or higher education.
The nature of the supports offered are individualised and and focus on building skills to achieve meaningful employment.
This is achieved through:
- Training and skills development through TAFE, Western Riverina Community College, Acacia Education and other registered training organisations
- Collaboration with employment services, such as Sureway and Personnel Employment
- On-site support during work placement
- Work experience and community engagement
- Social development and confidence building
- Resume/portfolio development, interview techniques, job-seeking skills, personal presentation
- Budgeting and money skills
- Further qualifications such as first aid, white card, forklift licence, driver's licence
GPSO encourages and supports participants to attend work experience programs or voluntary work programs to gain practical experience. They may try different work to establish what is most suited to them.
GPSO can design the training needs and organise work experience to suit each individual. Staff are trained to help participants understand and prepare for the workforce.
SLES takes an individualised, holistic approach to building practical skills. GPSO will work with participants to help them get ready for work and to plan their pathway to employment.