School Leaver Employment Support (SLES)

Mai-Wel’s Step Up Transition and Employment Service is a registered provider for School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES). The service offers individualised and group support for up to two years after finishing Year 12, to build capacity and develop employment skills and confidence for school leavers to find and sustain employment.

Step Up’s services are goal orientated and delivered to promote work skills and capacity building across a five day per week timetable. The activities and services provided encourage development of employability and vocational skills and promote sustainable employment for young people with a disability.

Our participants gain hands-on work experience with Hunter-based employers

Work experience is an important element of the Step Up program for participants to get a feel for different industries and jobs.

Check out just some of the opportunities available across the Hunter to Step Up participants.


  • Participants who are eligible for the NDIS
  • Year 12 school leavers
  • School leavers who have completed a Functional Work Assessment to determine eligibility for SLES

Contact Mai-Wel’s START Team on (02) 4057 2900 for more information.

Download the SLES brochure
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