Every young person with a disability who is able to work should have an opportunity to participate in employment and be actively supported to do so.
Both parents and teachers share a significant role in helping young people identify their future aspirations and build work-readiness skills.
A range of resources and services are available to support the career development of young people with disabilities. These include universal career development resources and those specifically customised for young people with disabilities.
Universal Career Development Resources
These universal supports are applicable to all young people with disabilities, and in some cases, will fully meet their career development needs:
- Victorian Careers Curriculum Framework – is an online resource aimed at assisting all young people from Years 7 to 12 to acquire the skills, knowledge and behaviours to manage their careers.
- Managed Individual Pathways (MIPs) – supports career development programs and activities to ensure that all young people aged 15 years and over are provided with an individual, annual Career Action Plan and associated support as a means to making a successful transition through school to further education, training or employment.
Strengthened Pathways Planning Guidelines
For young people with disabilities supported under the Program for Students with Disabilities, a strengthened approach is recommended.
Strengthened Pathways Planning – Preparing young people with disabilities for a successful future beyond school (docx - 4.07mb) – provides advice for school staff on careers and transition planning for young people with disabilities, and brings together information about Strengthened Pathways Planning in schools, and the broad range of options available to them when they leave school.
Strengthened Pathways Planning Resources
Strengthened Pathways Planning includes a suite of customised tools and materials that build upon universal career development resources in schools.
Career Action Plan
The Career Action Plan is a student-owned career planning document designed to translate a young person’s dreams and aspirations into specific learning goals and identify relevant work experience opportunities.
Career Action Plan templates have been customised for young people with disabilities:
For more information, see: Career Action Plans
R U Ready Student Profile
R U Ready Student Profile provides a snapshot of a young person’s work-related and employability skills at a point in time. This helps young people, their parents and teachers engage in career conversations about what the young person can do, their strengths, and readiness for work.
Engaging Parents in Career Conversations (EPiCC)
The EPiCC Framework provides customised resources to help schools work with parents to ensure that young people with disabilities are empowered with positive career messages both at school and at home.
For more information on the EPiCC Framework, see: Engaging Parents in Career Conversations Framework
Workplace Learning Resources
Workplace Learning – resouces that enable young people to trial post-school options and gain direct ‘hands on’ experience in a workplace.
A Job Well Done - Teacher Resources – prepares young people with disabilities for Work Experience by exposing them to activities and issues relating to the ‘world of work’.
Information for Parents
Strengthened Pathways Planning for young people with disabilities – Parent Information (doc - 1.11mb) – provides advice for parents on careers and transition planning for young people with disabilities, and brings together information about Strengthened Pathways Planning in schools, and the broad range of options available to their children when they leave school.
Regional Career Development Officers can provide further advice to schools regarding Strengthened Pathways Planning.
For contact details, see: Contacts