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Charged Up for Work

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Introducing Charged Up for Work- an employment pathway program for school students.

Charged Up for Work (CUFW) is a customised employment pathway pilot program for high school students with disabilities or long-term health conditions. The aim is to create a more effective transition from high school to the workplace to increase the student’s long-term employment sustainability.

The program commences with a tailored work preparation training program, which will run one full day per week for seven weeks, providing students with practical employment skills and preparing them for the expectations and requirements of the workplace. Upon completion of the training, up to 12 months of individualised support will be provided for graduates to pursue their desired employment pathway. Samantha Skipp, our Program Co-ordinator tells us more in the video below.

For more information please contact us on (08) 9286 6600 or

Which students are eligible for CUFW?

  • Students currently engaged in their senior years of high school or alternative services.
  • Students who have a disability or long-term health condition that impacts their education and potential for future employment.

The topics that will be covered in the 7 week training are:

  • Career identification, development and planning
  • Recruitment training including; resume writing and job interview preparation
  • Budgeting skills
  • Work related communication and workplace expectations
  • Teamwork, problem solving and creative thinking skills
  • Public transportation training & worksite visits
  • Stress management and work life balance training

What are the benefits for an employer hosting CUFW graduates?

  • To combine employment pathway training with work placement support with intent to create a more effective transition from high school to the workplace and increase the student’s long-term employment sustainability.
  • To address the gaps in services and create inclusivity for the cohort of students who do not currently meet the eligibility criteria to access the existing services.

The pilot will be evaluated by Curtin University to measure the success of early intervention in the employment journey for young people with disability.

The three Researchers who are evaluating the campaign are experienced and highly credited:

Professor Angus Buchanan

Professor Buchanan commenced working at Curtin University in 2008, and is currently Head of School, Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology. Angus held senior management and leadership roles at the Disability Services Commission of Western Australia implementing significant service developments and reforms in therapy and community coordination for people with disabilities. 

Angus’ research interests reflects his extensive background working with people with intellectual disabilities and their families and his personal commitment to the inclusion of people with disabilities in community.  

Angus is currently Vice President Asia Pacific for the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, was the President of the Australasian Society of Intellectual Disability (ASID) from 2013-17, Past District Governor of Rotary, and is a Director and Chairperson of Avivo. He enjoys time with his family and two grand children, an over indulged black Labrador, is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) and is committed to community development and service through his work with Rotary Intentional.

Dr Stian Thoresen

Dr Thoresen is a mid-career researcher with substantial experience in applied research to enhance social and economic outcomes for vulnerable and marginalised groups, in particular persons with disabilities, over the past twelve years. Social Justice features prominently across the various international, national, and local projects. He has been part of researcher teams awarded AU$5.86 million in research grants, including AU$2.78 in category one grants and published approximately fifty academic and policy publications. He has carried out four international consultancies related to disability-inclusive development and disability employment. Projects he has carried out in collaboration with Emeritus Professor Cocks around Individual Supported Living for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been awarded two international awards.

Brontë Walter

Brontë is a Research Assistant at the school of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology at Curtin University. She has a Bachelor of Social Work with Honours.

Brontë works mostly with young people on projects which look at their stories, their needs, and how workers can best support them. Previously, Brontë studied Social Work, and worked for four years as a disability and mental health support worker.

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