Toby, who was supported by genU to get his job is working in a hospital. He is wearing scrubs and cleaning equipment.

Support for young people at school

Preparing young people for the world of work starts while they are still at school. One of the best ways to support a student into this next phase of their life is through experiences in a workplace.

What is Work Experience and Structured Workplace Learning?

Work Experience and Structured Workplace Learning gives students insights into the industry of choice, the ability to try different employment options and help them discover their passion and determine what is meaningful for them.

genU can assist students, families, schools, and employers by matching the young person with a genU Employment Pathways Mentor who will personalise supports to assist the individual in developing their capacity and skills as they start to transition into post school life.

We assist students by:

  • Working alongside schools to find work experience opportunities that are right for them
  • Providing support and workplace mentoring during work experience
  • Helping them to build capacity and develop work-related skills
  • Working with the young person and their supports, building a pathways plan and employment portfolio
  • Support to prepare for and find part time work
  • Assisting with discussions between the young person and employers about job modifications if needed to suit their skills and abilities
  • Help with pathways planning to discover what a career future looks like for them.

Who is eligible?

Any student 15+ who is an NDIS participants with employment as a goal in their plan is eligible.

How can genU help?

Once a student is referred to genU we meet with the student to uncover their goals and aspirations, areas of work they are interested in and their availability.

genU will tailor a plan specific to the student and they’ll be assigned a genU Employment Mentor who will assist with:

  • Provide 1:1 support to the young person and the employer in the workplace
  • Onsite mentoring and coaching
  • Assist with discussions about job modifications if needed to suit the young person’s skills and abilities
  • Complete workplace assessments and provide feedback on areas of strength and other areas that may require further development
  • Travel training and assistance with independence to and from the workplace
  • Assistance with visual aids or assistive technology.

Where are supports to young people at school currently offered?

Currently we offer Work Experience in a number of industries including retail, hospitality, business administration and much more across:

  • Geelong
  • Western Melbourne
  • Brimbank
  • Melton and Bacchus Marsh
  • Ballarat
  • South East Melbourne
  • Bayside Peninsula
  • North East Melbourne
  • Metropolitan Adelaide

If you have a student who may benefit from these supports call our customer service team or fill out the enquiry form below.

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