Young people with disability are able to thrive in open employment when prepared and supported while at school. Despite this, these young people are not successfully transitioning from school into further training or employment. There are over 2.8 million young people with disability in Australia- a severely underrepresented group in our workforce.
Many young people with disability face limiting stereotypes and a pervasive culture of low expectations around employment, leading to lost opportunities. A recent survey found that only 7% of young people with disability identified their school as encouraging them to take an employment pathway.
Without supported coordinated work exposure or preparation, these young people face significant barriers to employment. This exposes them to a high risk of long-term, often life-long disadvantage.
These young people have the potential to succeed in work and become valuable members of the workforce. There is a lot we can do to make this happen.
“It is crucial that young people with a disability receive the support required to participate in the workforce as early as possible to drive effective long-term employment outcomes and maximise the benefits of improved standards of living and social inclusion that come with employment.” (Deloitte Access Economics, 2011)
Ticket to Work grew out of research that showed participation in work experience and employment during secondary school are among the most significant indicators of post-school success for young people with disability. Research also shows that young people with disability who exit school with a job are more likely to maintain a positive career trajectory than those who do not.
Ticket to Work has proven to be a successful model that is leading to genuine employment outcomes for young people with disabilities in Australia.