The best day of my life

More than one graduate of NOVA Transition nominated last Wednesday – graduation day – as the best day of their life! And it’s not hard to see why.

It was a day of pure celebration for the graduates of 2017 attending a three-course lunch with live entertainment, awards and dancing at the Catholic Club in Campbelltown.

We celebrated more than 80 young people with disability graduating from NOVA’s two-year transition-to-work program and gaining their Certificate 1 in Work Education. (See previous blogs for more details of some lessons learned during the training, including work-ready skills, such as goal setting, resume writing and interview practice, and life skills, like healthy eating, healthy mind and travel training.)

But wait! There’s more. Almost all of the 2017 graduates are now in award-wage work of their choice. Some are working full-time; some are part-time or casual. All are contributing to society as tax-paying adults in industries as varied as horticulture, hospitality, childcare, manufacturing and administration.

As well, nearly twenty per cent of NOVA’s graduates are employed as trainees or apprentices, an indicator that both the employee and employer are seriously committed to the partnership.

Many of the graduates gained employment through their work-experience placement. At NOVA, each second-year trainee completes over 100 hours of work experience and, if they impress their employer and there’s a job going, sometimes the effort is rewarded with paid work!

Congratulations to Jake D, who received an award for the NOVA graduate who completed the highest number of work-experience hours – over 400!

NOVA Ambassador, Paula Duncan, was thrilled to be at the twelfth graduation ceremony: ‘At graduation we witness the pride and joy of so many young people who, through inclusion and opportunity, have been given dignity, self-esteem and a sense of purpose moving into the work force. Congratulations to them and to those who inspired and mentored them, as well as the businesses that have given them a real go at life.’

To read about or watch stories about how NOVA trainees get a real go at real jobs, head over to our Successes page. We’re adding new stories all the time! Or contact us to enrol for 2018.

To discuss your options, call NOVA Transition on 1300 Ability (1300 224 548).

NOVA Transition accepts NDIS School Leaver Employment Supports.

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