School to Work Resources

Thank you for attending the School to Work webinar and for providing your feedback.

On this page, you’ll find a selection of resources that were shared in the four webinar sessions:

  • School to Work: Imagining Work for Years 7 and 8
  • School to Work: Discovering Work for Years 9 and 10
  • School to Work: Finding Work – Getting Started for Years 11 and 12
  • School to Work: Finding Work – The Next Steps for Years 11 and 12

Creating A Vision

Having a clear vision for work is so important. Please watch Wendy Stroeve’s video about Clarity of Vision, and then check out our resources about developing Vision Statements.

Successful Work Experience

Watch this video about how Jack’s family used work experience to capture information about his interests and strengths.

Examples of Young People in Employment

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Let’s Get to Work

The experiences of four young people as they explore work after school:

Systematic Instruction

In this video, June Alexander demonstrates the process of systematic instruction.

June has already analysed the task (assembling a complex bike mechanism). She has laid out the parts in the order that they’re needed and then provides a very quick (1.25 minute) demonstration to Jack. Notice she does very little talking.

Notice how Jack is able to assemble the mechanism himself with very little input from June. Notice how carefully he concentrates, and how successful he is. Imagine how quickly he would master this task.

Consider how this same process could be applied to a workplace, thereby allowing a person with an intellectual disability to learn complex and valuable tasks.

Exact Instructions Challenge: How to Make a PB&J Sandwich

When a person is teaching a task, they must have an excellent understanding of each step. This is quite a skill!

This video is a lighthearted demonstration showing how the outcome can be unpredictable when instructions are not well thought out. The children in this demonstration quickly realise that their task analysis needs to be detailed and precise!

Employing a Workplace Mentor/Job Coach

By employing a Workplace Mentor or Job Coach, a young person can get the support they need in the workplace. We recommend that people recruit these mentors/coaches carefully. To have this option, it may be necessary to directly employ the mentor/coach.

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