What is Mai-Wel Academy?

We’re shaking up the way we support people into employment.

If you are ready to build skills, do training, work with mentors and receive support to enter into employment – we’ll make it simple with Mai-Wel Academy.

With Mai-Wel Academy, we’ll support people to achieve employment goals with structured programs and a flexible pathway built for each person’s unique strengths and interests.

We know that people prepare best for work, through work, so Mai-Wel Academy offers a huge range of workplace learning opportunities both in our own centres and in the local community. Experiences are available in a range of industries, including: hospitality, retail, facilities maintenance, construction, stores and packaging.

Mai-Wel Academy will accommodate a range of life stages, for example you may join the Mai-Wel Academy in high school, you may have already graduated, or you could be currently employed in an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE). If your goal is to expand your horizons, try new things and enter training, education or open employment – we’ll help set you on the path to get there.

When you’re ready to take the step into the open job market, you’ll be able to smoothly transition into our employment services to start the hunt for work, and even access Mai-Wel’s unique post-placement support to ensure you and your employer are supported.

Benefits of Mai-Wel Academy

Some benefits of Mai-Wel Academy:

  • Structured, goal-oriented supports
  • A flexible journey based on constant evaluation of your strengths and opportunities for growth – your pathway will be structured uniquely for you
  • Work experience opportunities in-house and out in the community through our vast range of connections with local businesses.

We suggest people engaging Mai-Wel Academy 3 days per week as current research that indicates this will give you the best possible chance of reaching your employment goals.

Why choose Mai-Wel Academy’s Employment Pathways?

Our ability to get you ready for the job market is pretty unique.

Not only can we support you to trial work in different industries across the Hunter, but within Mai-Wel there are several businesses where you can get real-world experience from within our own centre. You’ll be supported, get to be part of the team, all while gaining training and skills before you graduate our program.

When you’re ready to head out and get an award-paying job (open employment) we’ve got you covered. We’ve got trained staff to support you in your job search, connections to local employers, and post-placement support, meaning we’re here for you even after landing the job.


Mai-Wel supports people with NDIS plans, Disability Employment Services (DES) and Workforce Australia – Transition to Work (TtW).

Mai-Wel Academy is available for people:

  • Currently in High School

  • Who’ve recently graduated High School

  • Adults eager to enter the job market or transition into open employment but need support to build your skills for that next step.

If you’re seeking supports with Mai-Wel Academy using your NDIS plan, funding you may use includes:

  • School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES)
  • Finding and Keeping a Job
  • Core Supports

And others – ask us if you’re unsure!

We also offer fee-for-service if you are ineligible for any of these programs.

Want to know more?

Our Team are ready to chat you through the ways we can support you to find a job, or recruit a new team member for your business!

Fill in the contact form using the button below, or contact us on (02) 4015 8400 or mwlfs@maiwel.com.au.