NOVA Transition Hornsby – Ticking all the boxes

There’s so much more to finding and keeping a great job than just employment skills. At Hornsby NOVA Transition, we also provide support in important areas such as personal care, money matters and social skills.

Our trainees at Hornsby are reliable and punctual – two things that employers love. They have great attention to detail, and all of them have a streak of creativity! Another of their strengths is being eager to learn new things and develop new skills.

NOVA Transition supports young people with a range of abilities. Among our Hornsby trainees are people facing barriers associated with Asperger’s, autism and mild intellectual disabilities. This means that they all like structure, routine, and knowing what’s going to happen next.

NOVA Transition works in a holistic way to help trainees prepare themselves for the world of work. Some of the activities included in our school leaver employment supports (SLES) are:

  • doing work experience and learning about different industries
  • learning how to make healthy lunches
  • meeting new people and talking about what’s going on in the news – which is great practice for getting along with the wide range of people you might encounter in the workplace.

Our trainees have learned key skills for independence, such as keeping healthy, finding somewhere to live, and spending money wisely. For example, they’re aware of:

  • food hygiene and food safety
  • how much hidden sugar there is in foods we eat every day
  • where to find out about health authority reports for restaurants and cafes
  • how to apply to rent a home
  • the cost of take away food compared with home made food.

They are focused on their employment goals, and have been working on:

  • how to dress appropriately for the work place
  • interview skills – what to do (and what not to do) in an interview
  • their resumes.

One organisation we’ve looked at is NOVA itself: who is in charge, as well as the things we celebrate, such as NOVA’s Focus On Ability film competition and, of course, Graduation Day!   

In 2016, NOVA Transition placed:

  • 75 young people with disability into employment, including 8 into traineeships or apprenticeships
  • 7 into further education.

All in award-wage work of their choice.

Would you like support to find and keep a great job?
Contact NOVA Transition – SLES (School Leaver Employment Supports)

Suite 504, Level 5
20 George Street

Or call 1300 Ability (1300 224 548).

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