Eligible School Leaver Program

Eligible School Leaver Program

Maxima is a registered provider of the Eligible School Leaver Program (ESL), a service designed to help students prepare for a job, find a job, and keep it! Finding employment after school can be challenging, but with the right support and guidance you can achieve your career goals.

Are you a student transitioning from school to employment, with a significant disability which may impact your ability to work?

At Maxima, we understand leaving school and entering the workforce is a big step. If you are in your final year of school and meet the eligibility criteria for ESL support (see below), Maxima can help you develop skills to transition into employment and provide continued ongoing support to remain employed and build a career.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the ESL Program you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in your final year of secondary school as a full-time student
  • Have a future work capacity of at least (8) hours per week
  • Be an Australian resident
  • Be of legal working age.


  • Be in a disability special school OR
  • Be in a disability special class in a mainstream school OR
  • Be receiving a Disability Support pension OR
  • Be in a mainstream class and attract additional educational funding due to disability.

What is involved?

Maxima can help you to become job-ready by assisting with: 

  • Identifying skills, abilities, and interests
  • Resume development and interview techniques
  • Employment goal setting and job search skills
  • Accessing quality training, education, and work experience

Once employed, Maxima continues to provide support through:  

  • Post placement support – at the workplace or offsite
  • Workplace inductions
  • On-the-job training
  • Effective intervention strategies
  • Employer liaison and training around your needs
  • Further skills development


Why choose Maxima?

Maxima is a leading, not-for-profit DES provider. We provide employment services for adults and teenagers with a disability, injury or health condition. This may include people with a mental illness, and those with a physical injury.

Your Maxima Consultant will work with employers to help you get the job that you want. Maxima can also provide you with on-the-job or off-site employment support as needed.

Whether you’re looking for a full or part time job, a casual position or an apprenticeship, Maxima is here to assist you with preparing for, finding work and remaining in employment.

Other specialised services

NDIS Youth Employment

We understand leaving school and entering the workforce or undertaking further training can be daunting. If you are a school leaver and are eligible for NDIS then we can help you develop skills to transition into employment.

NDIS Finding and Keeping a Job

People of all ages that have an employment goal listed in their plan, can access the Finding and Keeping a Job supports, to learn new skills and get ready for work.

Apprenticeships + Traineeships

Finishing school or looking for a career change? We offer support for part-time and full-time apprenticeships and traineeships, as well as school-based and disability inclusive programs.

Enquire Today!

If you are interested in accessing any of our Disability Employment Services including the Eligible School Leaver Program, submit an enquiry today or call us on 1300 629 462.

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