Work experience: Think outside the gate (for professionals)

School to work logo alongside the title of this workshop: Work experience - think outside the gate for professionals

Start: Thu 15 Dec, 2022 13:00 End: Fri 31 Mar, 2023 17:00

Location: Online, on-demand access - watch anytime!


A workshop for professionals supporting students with disability to have positive work experiences

Are you a careers professional or a high school/college educator? Do you support secondary school students with disability to find

  • work experience
  • their first paid job (including the typical casual jobs that students do in the afternoons and weekends)
  • their first post-school job or career?

If so, we think you’ll be interested in this workshop.

What other professionals said about this workshop

This is the second time we will be running this workshop for professionals. Here’s what education professionals said about our first workshop.

  • “I really value and appreciate being able to learn from Imagine More staff and to push forward with improving pathways for young people”.
  • “Well pitched with theory and practical steps”.
  • “Great workshop. Would highly recommend to others if offered again.”
  • “I found it invaluable to hear the ‘other side’ of the situation as this is the only way we can work together to meet the needs of students.”

What came before…

In 2022, we hosted two workshops called Work Experience: Think Outside the Gate. The first was a workshop for families of secondary school students with disability exploring work.

These families all had some things in common:

  • they didn’t believe that sheltered workplaces or day programs were the best post-school option for their child
  • they wanted their child to learn about the world of work while they were still at school
  • they wanted their child to explore community-based work experience opportunities
  • they believed that their child had something valuable to contribute to a workplace, regardless of the nature and degree of their child’s impairment
  • they knew that employment would be successful when those supporting the student understood the student’s interests, needs and potential contributions.

This family workshop is now available as a replay event. Please share this link with families that might be interested.

We ran the second workshop in November 2022 and only invited professionals to attend.

Work experience: Think outside the gate for professionals

This online workshop for professionals complements what was shared with families. It has been designed to help teachers, support staff, and services

  • understand the best way to provide support to make high-quality work experiences possible
  • pave the way toward paid jobs while students are still at school
  • connect students with post-school employment and careers.

The workshop is based on the customised employment approach developed by Marc Gold and Associates, the international leaders in this field.

Customised employment is based on the belief that every person with disability can work in open employment.

Workshop details

This workshop has two parts

  1. The on-demand workshop
  2. Live discussions sessions

Watch the workshop…

When you register, you’ll receive an email inviting you to register in an online portal. Within the portal, you’ll find workshop videos, exercises, and other resources. You’ll have 24/7 access to the workshop, making it easy to work through the material at your own pace.

The original workshop was five hours long, so it’s been edited into three smaller sessions for easier viewing.

…then join a live discussion session

After you’ve watched the workshop, you might

  • have some questions about the workshop content
  • want to discuss how to apply what you’ve learned to your situation
  • be interested to hear from your peers.

Please plan to attend one or both of the live online discussion sessions in February or April 2023. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, brainstorm, and hear from your peers. These sessions will also be open to families.

  • Live discussion session 1: Thursday, 9 February (5:00 – 6:00 pm)
  • Live discussion session 2: Tuesday, 4 April (12:00-1:00 pm)

Please note these sessions will not be recorded.


We are thrilled to offer free registration for all professionals who wish to attend this workshop. We’re able to provide free and low-cost workshops thanks to funding from the Australian Government Department of Social Services. An Individual Capacity Building grant funded this workshop.

Register now for this free, on-demand workshop about Work Experience

Workshop outline

The workshop includes the following sessions:

Session 1 – Imagine a Customised Career

  • Employment environment. An overview of employment experiences for people with intellectual disability
  • Career education. Explore the career education environment and how to work with your school
  • Vision. Imagine a good life through valued social roles and create a vision statement.
  • Discovery. Identify the student’s interests, conditions and potential contributions.

Session 2 – Find Customised Work Experience

  • Customised work experience. An overview of customised work placements and the different mindsets needed to create them
  • Planning for work experience. Understand the world of work possibilities and how to explore these
  • Workplace learning. Identify specific employers to contact to arrange a work placement.
  • Talking to employers. Learn how to ask for customised work experience placements or a workplace tour to spot potential tasks
  • Disclosing disability. Decide what to disclose to an employer and when to disclose it.

Session 3 – Set Up Work Experience for Success

  • Access supports. Accessing NDIS-funded supports to find, set up, and support work experience placements
  • Prepare placements. Analyse tasks and negotiate placement relationships and conditions for success
  • Teach tasks effectively. Use systematic instruction to enable the student to master tasks independently
  • Record achievements. Learn how to capture learning for a visual resume and record the student’s feedback about tasks
  • Future opportunities. Ask employers for future work, referee reports and career advice.

Register now for this free, on-demand workshop about Work Experience

Here are the workshop details again

  • This is a free workshop for families
  • You’ll have immediate on-demand access to the workshop via an online portal
  • Watch the workshop at a pace that suits you
  • The online portal closes at 5:00 pm on Friday, 31 March 2023
  • Join one or both of the live discussion sessions
    • Live discussion session 1: Thursday, 9 February 2023, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    • Live discussion session 2: Tuesday, 4 April 2023, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
  • The live discussion sessions will be open to families and professionals and will not be recorded.