IMVC works with a variety of stakeholders in providing disability services and programs to support young people with disability with training and transition opportunities to further education and employment.
Programs and initiatives include:
The Australian Government’s NDCO Program works strategically to assist people with disability access and participate in tertiary education and subsequent employment. In 2015, IMVC continued to successfully deliver the NDCO Program across Inner Melbourne, Northern Metropolitan Melbourne and Eastern Metropolitan Melbourne, working with stakeholders at the local level to reduce systemic barriers, facilitate smooth transitions, build links and coordinate services between the education, training and employment sectors.
IMVC research indicates that young people with disability are taking approximately five years to re-engage into meaningful employment after leaving school. In light of poor transition outcomes for post-secondary students with disability, in 2015 IMVC developed and successfully registered a highly customised out of school Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) with the Department of Education and Training and the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA). Classes commenced in 2017, with the IMVC now accepting applications for 2018.
IMVC has developed key resource materials for people with disability and employers including an online index of contacts and networks (Broaden Your Horizons);an inspiring eBook (Making Experience Count) which highlights the value of employing mature-age people with disability; and a resource guide (Dyslexia Resource Guide) to assist practitioners working in Disability Services within the tertiary sector.