Get Started - School To Work Transition

Get Started is an innovative School to Work transition service designed specifically for students with a disability, injury or barrier. Get Started helps students better prepare for the world of work and the opportunities that exist after school life. 

Get Started provides tailored support, training, mentoring and planning assistance for young people with a disability to successfully transition from school to work and other post school options.


To be eligible for consideration for the Get Started Program in 2017, the Student must be:

  • A School Student in Year 11 or 12.
  • A Student who has been assessed as having a diagnosed disability, injury or illness.
  • Has the ability to self care and manage own medication needs or has access to a Teacher’s Aide to assist during training.
  • Able to effectively communicate or has an effective communication system in place to communicate in an individual and group setting.
  • Be motivated to participate.
  • Have a goal or aspiration for employment.
  • Able to transport self to and from the program, or has transport support in place.

To download the Expression Of Interest form for 2019, please click here


A range of delivery models have been developed based on the needs of individual Participants, their goals and aspirations. Delivery of Get Started is fully flexible and customised based on the needs of the Participant. Get Started consists of formal and informal training, centred and community based activities. Depending on the Participants needs and goals, Get Started is offered between 28 months to 12 months.


  • Vocational potential and skills assessment
  • Career counselling
  • Person centred school to work transition planning, development and coordination
  • Group vocational skills training
  • Individual vocational skills training
  • Work sampling and enterprise learning projects
  • Structured workplace learning - work experience
  • On the job training and support
  • Mentoring support


  • Assistance in coordinating or managing life stages, transitions and support
  • Post school employment assistance - individual
  • Post school employment assistance - group support
  • On the job training and support including employer advice
  • Assessment to identify vocational potential and suitability
  • Transition to school and other education programs - program design, planning and implementation
  • Transition from school to further education

Outcome Pathways

  • Access to timely and accurate career guidance information
  • Opportunities to develop and practice employment related skills
  • Access to structured workplace learning, employment opportunities and vocational learning opportunities.
  • Seamless coordination of support through local partnerships, schools, agencies, nosiness individuals and the community.
  • Transition to Vocational Education and Training (VET),
  • Transition to employment.
  • Secure school-based apprenticeship and other traineeships and apprenticeships.


Get Started is proudly supported by Beyond Bank in 2019/2020 thanks to a $30,000 Beyond Bank Australian Foundation Grant. Click here to read about the Grant and what it means for Get Started. 
Mai-Wel is grateful for the ongoing support of Beyond Bank through their staff volunteering program and promotional of the Annual Raffle.

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The Mai-Wel Group is one of the larger Disability Service Providers in the Lower Hunter Region, providing services and programs to more than 800 clients across nine Local Government Areas.

The Mai-Wel Group employs more than 170 local support and administrative staff in addition to 110 local supported employees. The ethos of The Mai-Wel Group carries throughout the organisation from management and staff, and on to clients.

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Head Office:
Unit 4/555 High Street, Maitland NSW 2320
Postal Address:
PO Box 835, Maitland NSW 2320
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