Ticket to Work


Ticket to Work prepares young people for the world of work and provides them with an open employment pathway in their transition from school through a combination of vocational/career development and early contact with work environments.

Specifically, Ticket to Work:

  • brings together disability-specific and mainstream representatives from a variety of sectors to work strategically and collaboratively
  • supports young people to gain access to early experiences that positively influence their views of themselves as workers
  • prepares young people with disability for the workplace and gives them an employment pathway that is typical of other young adults
  • increases opportunities for meaningful work experience and learning prior to exiting school

The Ticket to Work model is based on extensive research into what works. Our approach focuses on three areas.

Ticket to Work is a collaborative approach to placing local High School students with identified barriers in School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs), so that they are able to prepare for life after school as independent workers.

Ticket to Work grew out of research that showed:

  • In Australia, young people with disability are more likely to drop out of school early, be excluded from the labour force, have fewer educational qualifications, experience poverty and be socially isolated
  • Participation in work experience and employment during secondary school are among the most significant indicators of post-school success for young people with disability.
  • Young people with disability who exit school with a job are more likely to maintain a positive career trajectory than those who do not.
  • Most workers with disability not only do their jobs just as well as those without disability, but they are also often more reliable and take fewer sick days.

It has been shown that students that are participating in a school based traineeship are 50% more likely to complete schooling also 400% more likely to be engaged in open employment after school.

IDEAL Placements is the lead agency for this initiative in Mackay, Sarina, Bowen and the Whitsundays. Ticket to Work takes a partnership approach to improving the employment and education outcomes of young students with a disability. Ticket to Work brings together a range of local partners such as:

  • Central University/TAFE QLD
  • National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO)
  • Mackay District Special School
  • Dept Catholic Education
  • Education Dept

These organisations bring their various skills and expertise together to collectively address youth disability employment and transition issues in their local community.

The Ticket to Work team has been successful in placing six High School Students from six different high schools in the region:

  • North Mackay High School – Information Technology traineeship – Matilda Internet
  • Pioneer High School – Information Technology traineeship – Pioneer High
  • St Patrick’s College – Hair and Beauty traineeship – Azure Hair Mt Pleasant
  • Mackay District Special School – Landscape and Horticulture traineeship – Mackay Golf Club
  • Sarina State High School – Engineering traineeship – Mac’s Engineering
  • Proserpine High School – Business traineeship – IDEAL Placements Cannonvale

Currently, IDEAL Placements is seeking local businesses to support this program by providing the opportunity for these young students to gain experience, confidence and skills in the workplace.
If you require any further information regarding Ticket to Work and school based traineeships, please contact Kim Dalton on (07) 4957 8177.

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