The School Leaver Employment Support

Fairhaven’s School Leaver Employment Support is available under the NDIS for eligible Year 12 students, providing support in transitioning to the workplace.

Over the 2 years of our program, we focus on capacity building and training with an emphasis on the school leaver having social and peer support. We believe there is great value in providing them with the opportunity to connect with other young people in the workplace who have experienced transitioning to work and the challenges that can bring.

We prepare school leavers for mainstream employment and the broadest scope of opportunities.

To our school leavers;

We want to support you to throw open the doors to the many opportunities and pathways before you, while building your confidence to take the steps you choose. We know it can be overwhelming at times, and our promise is to guide you through to the ‘right next step’ for you. Your choice, we are with you.

You may choose mainstream employment, further study or supported employment. So, let’s look at your interests, what you enjoy, what skills you have, what do you want to develop. These are some of the outcomes you can expect from your time with Fairhaven. We will work with you to tailor the program to your individual needs.

  • Knowing you can
  • Being confident to take the next step
  • Knowing and taking care of yourself emotionally
  • Managing stress and meeting challenges
  • Exploring many different career options
  • Choosing your own direction
  • Planning your career and direction with goals and strategies
  • A network of support – you will meet great people during this support, including those who have transitioned from school to work with Fairhaven
  • Experience – you will have first-hand experience in the work place, put that on your resume!

For more information, contact our Client Relations Manager, Melinda Hayes at or call on (02) 4349 5500.

Helen – David's mum

We are very happy with the services provided by Fairhaven for David as they make a considerable difference to his well being especially the social interaction and other skills he has been taught.

Adam – supported to learn telling the time

I’m learning what I can do, to learn about things that everyone else just knows.
When I’m at home now I actually look at the clock and I know what it means!

Daniel – supported employee

I like having a bit of variety and meeting new staff and friends.

Kylie – supported employee

I enjoy everyone’s company and they’re very helpful, it’s close to home too and I’m happy.

Brooke – supported employee

I work at the Fairhaven at Tuggerah and it's honestly a good place for me socially and work as well!

Gareth – support worker

My world has opened up more than I could ever imagine.
I've met some amazing people, made great friends, and have a job I'm proud of that makes a contribution to my community.

Fairhaven is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Tax Office.

ABN: 83 058 123 729. Charitable Fundraising Number: 15891.

i have confidence, i have connection, i have choice.


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