Work Experience

HPA works closely with Henbury School and other Outreach Centre’s across Darwin to provide a smooth transition from school to work for people with disabilities. We encourage skill development, work ethics and general preparation for life after education.

Work Ready Skills Development Program

The work ready program offers school leavers the opportunity to develop self-confidence, independence, work skills and personal growth for 12 months after graduating from High School.  The program is undertaken in a workplace setting at Kokoda Industries in Winnellie or Ausdesigns in Yarrawonga. It aims to develop skills and prepare the school leaver to progress to a supported or open employment environment and will focus on the following areas:

  • Social interaction skill development and social support in the work place
  • Learning to self-manage some behaviours in the work place
  • Learning about working with other people and dealing with their behaviours
  • Motivation building
  • Specific skill training for different jobs within the workplace
  • Independent living skills, encompassing aspects such as travel training, money skills and time management etc.

Work Sites

Kokoda Industries
Production of timber products such as pallets, lattice, survey pegs, garden stakes

Manufacture of steel, aluminium and timber products such as tables, benches, A-frame picnic tables, sprinkler stands and bicycle racks.

Ausdesigns
Manufacturing items such as tablecloths, placemats, table runners, napkins, food covers, aprons, carry bags, bandanas, conference bags, satchels, etc.

Other duties are as follows:

  • Preparation and sale of industrial rags
  • Specialist packaging for promotional needs
  • Mail outs
  • General assembly and packaging
  • Screen printing
  • Confidential paper shredding

Commencement of Work Ready Program

  • Induction to the work place and Work Health & Safety
  • On-the-job training for specific duties
  • Individual training
  • Safe operating procedures

Application Process

Kate Powick
Employee Services Manager
(08) 8932 5184
kate.powick@hpa.net.au