Who Do we Help?

School Leavers with a Disability

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NOVA Transition

NOVA Transition supports young people with disability on their path to employment and independence. The journey from school to a job can feel scary. But you don’t have to do it alone. NOVA Transition is there for you every step of the way – and beyond. 

NOVA offers a tailored pathway to become ready for work and get a great job. Transition is not an extension of school; it’s an adult environment with the same expectations as a workplace. 

Best of all, you don’t have to swap services as you become more job ready. NOVA integrates the services to ensure a smooth transition between school and employment.

Full Support with NOVA Transition

NOVA Transition staff respect and accept each person for who they are. We know you have potential and we believe you are capable of finding and keeping a great job. Staff will support you to locate work-experience placements that suit your skills, abilities and interests. Many trainees gain paid work from one of their work experience placements!

When you’re ready for work, you are assigned an Employment Consultant with NOVA Employment. No need to change providers when you start looking for work! Once you’re in a job, we continue to provide support for as long as you need it. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

All NOVA’s participants have a disability, and additional barriers to work in one way or another.  We get to know your skills and interests and then set achievable goals based on your employment choices.  At NOVA Transition, everyone gets a chance to find and maintain employment.  

NOVA has experience successfully supporting school leavers with all types of disabilities to prepare for work and develop a lifestyle that supports employment. 

All the activities are covered within the bundled supports NOVA has been providing to School Leaver’s since 2005.   

Your bundled supports are funded by the NDIS SLES (School Leaver Employment Supports) or Find and Keep a Job.

Occasionally there might be an activity that requires an extra contribution, but these are voluntary and negotiated well ahead of time.

Work experience in a variety of industries and local businesses is an important component of getting ready for work.  

At NOVA Transition we provide real workplace experience working side by side with local staff in a variety of industries.  Work experience placements are a regular component and are accompanied by an experienced staff person until each young person gains confidence and skills.  Participants learn so much from work experience placements, not only about the skills required by a particular role, but also general workplace skills, such as which bus to catch to get there, how to make conversation at lunchtime and taking feedback from employers.

Activities are a combination of group and individual. We go at your pace and cater to different learning styles. Supports include work-experience placements, industry visits, guest speakers, discussions, practice job interviews, resume development, goal setting, planning, communication skills, and more. The content of the program is about developing confidence for the world of work, developing a lifestyle that supports work and learning workplace skills that are important in every industry and to every employer. Our program is hands-on, for example, to learn how to catch public transport, we learn about the timetable, discuss any difficulties and then practice this either individually or in a group.

School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES)

NOVA Transition provides support for young people with a disability to find award-wage work that they enjoy. Our program operates from our modern, fully equipped training rooms at NOVA’s sites across Sydney. Below is a list of NOVA Transition offices. Please call a NOVA office close to you. If the phone is unattended, it will divert to NOVA’s Head Office at St Marys.

  • Bankstown
  • Blacktown
  • Camden
  • Campbelltown
  • Caringbah
  • Engadine
  • Hornsby
  • Hurstville
  • Ingleburn
  • Katoomba
  • Liverpool
  • Penrith
  • Parramatta
  • Richmond
  • Rockdale
  • Rouse Hill
  • Springwood
  • St Marys
  • Windsor