Managing money: a valuable industry visit

At NOVA Transition, we learn about life skills as well as workplace issues. The Rouse Hill group made an industry visit to Suncorp Bank Parramatta, for a session on managing money throughout life.

First of all, though, we worked out how to get to Parramatta Westfield and what bus we needed to catch. Then the Suncorp Bank did a presentation to teach us about managing our money.

We learned about setting goals and how to tell the difference between needs and wants. For example, you need a drivers licence for your job; you might want a nice car, but you don’t need it for your job.

Budgeting is important to make sure we spend our money on the right things. Some ideas to help us save money were:

  • not eating out too often
  • having coffee at home
  • catching public transport instead of driving.

Why is initiative important in the workplace?

‘Use your initiative!’

‘Show some initiative … ’

We know employers love employees with initiative, but what does it mean? Well NOVA Transition, Windsor has found out and is putting it into practice both in and out of the training room! 

Initiative generally means to do what needs to be done without having to be asked, even if it is not your job. For example, you may not the office cleaner, but if you saw a piece of paper on the floor would you pick it up? If you answer ‘yes’ then you are using your initiative.

Not just a job, an achievable, realistic, sustainable, suitable career

NOVA Transition Liverpool has some bright new stars this year with the drive and ambition to go out and get not just a job but create an achievable, realistic, sustainable, suitable career!

Already in 2017, the first-year trainees have expanded their knowledge and gained confidence to go out into the workforce. We’re learning how to achieve our goals!

So, how do we achieve our goals?

At Nova Transition the job coaches help us gain skills during work experience, for example retail, administration and hospitality; however, we also do work experience in warehousing, trades and care work. When we go to work experience the employer expects us to follow their instructions when doing a task. All trainees must follow safety guidelines and report all hazards to their supervisor.

After work experience we receive employer feedback reports, using the feedback to improve our resumes and add the employer as a referee.

82 young people with disability graduated from Transition to Work

Last year 82 young people with disability graduated from NOVA Transition. We're very proud of them.

Of the 82 graduates, 75 got award-wage employment and seven went on to further education. Nine graduates found apprenticeships and eight were placed into traineeships. Six graduates are working full-time – that's 38 hours per week. For more information on the graduation event, please read here.

NOVA Employment found work for the graduates in all sorts of industries, including building, automotive, retail, hospitality, childcare and maintenance. For more examples of the type of work past trainees now do, click here.

Are you a student with a disability completing year 12 this year? Want support to find a good, well-paid job that suits your skills and interests?

Contact NOVA Transition. We'd love to hear from you.

NOVA Transition Graduation 2016

On the 7th of December, 2016 we held our annual NOVA Transition Graduation. This event celebrates the achievements of 74 young people living with a disability over their 2 year program. NOVA Transition is an intensive program which has a strong focus on job readiness and employment outcomes. During this time, our participants take part in over 150 hours of work experience, intensive one on one workshops designed to gain employment as well as learning about interview skills, how to design their resume and how to act in the workplace. This is done in conjunction with a nationally recognised qualification being a Certificate 1 in Workplace Education.

The benefits of work experience

At Nova Transition in our first year we are required to do work experience for our vocational 'tasters' which are in retail, administration, hospitality and computers.

Although these are possibly not our ultimate, job choices it has been great to try different things. We also get to choose the type of work experience that we do.

Exciting preparations for the 2016 graduation

There has been a buzz in the training rooms at Nova Transition as the year winds up and the graduation of our hardworking second year participants rapidly approaches.

A graduation is always an exciting time, and here at Nova Transition we always have a lot to celebrate at each year’s ceremony as our cohort of trainees graduate with a Certificate I in Work Education.

Learning from past trainees

Whenever they get the chance, Transition to Work groups love to hear from their graduates – people who have found a job and worked in it for a while, then come back and speak to the current trainees. The group at Penrith recently discussed what they learn from hearing these returning graduates.

Meet Simon

Meet Simon. Simon left NOVA Transition over three years ago when we found him a job at Target in Broadway. Simon is still an employee there and is working over 15 hours a week. Simon always gave 100 per cent in his program and is one of the most hardworking and pleasant young men to come through the program.

Job choices: how to decide if the job is right for you!

Achievable, Realistic, Suitable and Sustainable – or ARSS – is a mechanism used at NOVA to ensure that our transition trainees are going to be suitable for a particular job when they enter the workforce. Anyone can use these points to help to decide whether a job is right for them.

5 ways to be more confident

by the Liverpool Transition to Work group

One of the main reasons why many of us lack confidence is that we waste too many days comparing ourselves to others and wishing to be something we are not. Everybody has their own strengths and weaknesses, and it is only when you accept everything you are and are not that you will truly succeed towards your goals.

What is School Leaver Employment Supports?

As the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rolls out throughout Sydney, the state-funded Transition to Work Program is being gradually transformed into the School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES). The School Leaver Employment Supports is a national program under the NDIS which is in fact based on NOVA's very own Transition to Work Program. The SLES focuses on supporting Year 12 school leavers who are eligible for a post-school program that is based around getting ready for employment. 

10+1 ways to impress an employer

At Windsor, the Transition to Work team have been discussing ways to impress an employer. Here's a list of what we came up with. None of it is very hard, but it will make a big difference.

How to write a good resume

The Transition to Work group at Ingleburn have been researching good resume writing. Here's what they found.

Your resume is your most important tool when applying for a job. It doesn’t matter how qualified you are, or how much experience you have, if your resume is poorly presented or badly written you’re going to have trouble getting the job you want, or even an interview.

Music as a source of relaxation

At Nova Transition to Work Hurstville, we've been researching and discussing the benefits of music. Music is an effective way of reducing negative emotions and boosting positive emotions. Listening to music, especially different types of music, has a permanent effect on our minds and bodies. Music helps to reduce the heart rate and blood pressure and also decreases levels of stress hormones. Different types of music assist individuals in different ways. Genres such as hip hop, reggae, rock and roll, jazz, pop and classical music all help to comfort people.

Focus on Ability 2016

For the 8th consecutive year, NOVA Employment has hosted the Focus on Ability Short Film Festival. It allows film directors from around the world to submit a short film (under 5 minutes long) that focuses on the ability of someone with a disability.

Disability and social life – how to get the best out of it

The NOVA Transition Caringbah group have put together some tips on not letting a disability get in the way of a great social life.

Sometimes having a disability can hinder you from doing certain things, especially when it comes to being social. Stepping out of your comfort zone is one of the key contributors to having a better social life. This might include exploring your surroundings and local area and learning what is available for your age group.


Anthony's story, and tips on interacting with people with disabilities

At Nova Transition Engadine, trainees are encouraged to share their stories. Anthony was truly inspiring to the first-year trainees when he told us this story.

“When people find out I am autistic they focus on my disability not my ability. They start talking to me differently and they treat me differently. Not in a bad way, just different.

Driving and disability – what to be aware of

You are not alone

In 1998, The Australian Bureau of Statistics stated that in NSW, 84% of men and 61% of women with a disability aged 17 years and over held a driver’s licence. By 1999, The Roads and Traffic Authority had issued over 1,000 licenses with endorsed conditions requiring vehicle modifications. Is it about that time again that somebody conducted a survey to measure the increase of such impressive stats? Probably so. 

Campbelltown visits the local radio station

Campbelltown Nova Transition went on an exciting and atmospheric Industry visit to our local radio station, c91.3FM, on August 3, 2016.

We were taken on a tour throughout the station to meet all of the crew in the different departments and learn about their job roles.

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