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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

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.

Five ways for dealing with stress

The Camden Transition to Work group have been discussing ways of dealing with stress. We found five very good healthy techniques for managing stress on the website of the American Psychological Association.

  • Take a break from the stressor. It may seem difficult to get away from a big work project, a crying baby or a growing credit card bill. But when you give yourself permission to step away from something that is causing you stress, doing something else can help you look at your challenges from a new perspective. Alternatively you can practice techniques that will make you feel less overwhelmed. It’s important to not avoid your stress completely (those bills have to be paid sometime), but even just 20 minutes to take care of yourself is helpful.

NOVA Transition Blacktown looks towards the Paralympic Games

The NOVA Transition group at Blacktown recently talked about, and did some research on, the upcoming Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. We discovered that 160 Australians will be competing in these games, which will be held from the 7th to the 18th of September 2016.

Australia was very successful at the last Paralympics, which were held in London in 2012. We won 32 gold, 43 silver and 43 bronze medals across many different sports. Some of the Australian athletes who did especially well were:

Annaliese employed for over one year

Annaliese was a participant in NOVA Transition in 2014/2015. During this time, she developed into a mature and responsible young lady. She learnt many valuable skills such as choosing appropriate clothing for the workplace, how to travel on public transport and how to go for a job interview. In the video below, she tells us about what she learnt at NOVA Transition, her new life as an employee and how she has changed since being employed.

Sharks CEO visits Caringbah outlet

The Caringbah Transition to Work Program had a special visit from Lyall Gorman last month. Lyall Gorman is the Cronulla Sharks CEO and is currently overseeing 650 apartments being developed next to Shark Park which will secure the organisations financial viability. Lyall has a long career in sports management and is the former CEO of both the Central Coast Mariners and Western Sydney Wanderers.

Looking after ourselves

At Bankstown Transition to Work, we have a big focus on fitness, healthy eating and looking after ourselves. We are conscious of the fact that if we don’t feel good physically, it’s going to be harder to motivate ourselves to find and maintain employment. That’s why we practice our cooking skills on a regular basis, learn about healthy options for snacks and drinks and how to keep fit and healthy.

Last week we did an exercise where we had to feed 12 people on a budget of just $40. As a group of trainees we had to research recipes we would like to cook and then vote for the one we liked best.

Focus on Ability

Focus on Ability short film competition

Ever wanted to make a movie? Or star in one?

Why not give it a go?

NOVA Employment is running the annual Focus on Ability Short Film Competition for the eighth year in a row.

All you need to do is:

  • make a short film of less than five minutes that showcases the ability of people with disability
  • send it to us using this entry form to NOVA Employment by 30 June 2016.

Simple isn’t it?

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