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Transition to Work

(including Registered Training Organisation)

The Transition to Work Service is a new program of OAK Tasmania that addresses the issues raised by the National Disability Insurance Scheme – ie that people with disability should be encouraged to seek some form of employment. This would address the issue that Australia rates poorly internationally in the employment of people with disability (Australia ranks 21 out of 29 OECD countries).

The Transition to Work service is a program which achieves employment opportunities for people with disability. The program develops a person’s skills and/or qualifications needed to successfully secure and sustain employment. The Program provides services to people with a range of support needs and who desire to be involved in the workforce.

A range of activities may be supported that are aimed at increasing the independence of each individual and assisting them to effectively integrate work with day to day requirements and personal interests. The service may:

  • support a person to gain a driver’s licence where appropriate
  • assist people to access and participate in social, sporting, health and fitness and recreational activities of the person’s choice
  • provide self care, health management support and support in daily financial management as required.

All activities should focus on developing the person’s competence, for example, teaching them how to manage transport and attend activities independently.

The development of varied and stable lifestyles maximises the chances of people successfully moving to and maintaining employment. The service may develop and leverage relationships with local clubs and community groups to assist people to access these activities in their leisure time where this is needed.

It has become clear that there is an opportunity to work with NDIS participants in the area of ‘employment’ or ‘economic participation’, outside our ADEs. Information provided at the recent NDS Employment and Work Conference identified that there are 366 Tasmanians with ‘economic participation’ identified as a support need.

Transition to Work provides an opportunity for OAK.  A variety of activities can be incorporated in an effective transition to work program including:

  • Job sampling – visit to different workplaces and explore a variety of environments, to learn more about areas of interest;
  • Work experience – support to undertake work experience to gain new skills, make new friends, learn about workplaces;
  • Knowing your community – to know the community in which you may work; to join local community interest groups; to access SkillsTas or register with Centrelink etc.
  • Healthy living ie to maintain employment and to help with a range of aspects of a persons life eg gym, martial arts, zumba, team sports etc
  • Pre-employment skills ie how to find a job; what to wear to an interview/work; interview skills; preparing a resume; literacy; numeracy.
  • Social skills and relationships – keeping a job involves being able to communicate appropriately with others, both at work and outside employment.
  • Travel training (as appropriate) – to get to work or elsewhere;
  • Money skills inc budgeting to assist with independence
  • Nationally Recognised training qualifications.

OAK Training and Development Services

Daniel2Empowering Tasmanians with practical tools for contributing to the work force… and beyond.

Along with OAK Tasmania’s commitment to disability employment and active support, comes the need for recognised training and our inclusive education programs.
Enter OAK Training and Development Services – a key aspect of OAK Tasmania that has evolved with changing times since our first nationally accredited training program back in 1988.

OAK Training & Development Services is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 1098) that provides Nationally Accredited Training. Our qualifications allow us to build community partnerships through our inclusive environment.RTO_Logo


Our current Nationally Recognised Training Programs are:

  • Certificate I & II in Information, Digital Media and Technology

    (ICT10115 & ICT20115) – gain the foundation skills and knowledge to use; a personal computer and, digital devices, perform digital literacy and use a range of software

  • Certificate II in Business

    (BSB20115) – gain basic skills and knowledge to prepare for work in a variety of business environments

  • Course in Work Skills for Life

    (10075NAT) – work skills for people looking to gain employment in Australian Disability Enterprises

Our non-accredited programs are:

  • Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) – gain reading, writing and mathematical skills in a friendly setting

Genuinely Applicable

IMG_3666 copyFor us not enough just to tick the skills boxes. we are committed to ensuring learned skills can be genuinely applied. Because we base our training programs on the real life requirements of the businesses we operate, our training is practical, hands-on and connected to the pulse of each industry. With an ‘empower through experience’ approach, our supported work force is given closely monitored, on-the-job training and vocational skills that meet industry standards.

We embrace the opportunity to adapt and contextualise training packages to meet the needs of both individuals and employers.

We are partially funded by Skills Tasmania, and senior experts in the field.


Technology Hub

IMG_6444OAK Training & Development Services also offers a dedicated Technology Hub which hastouch-sensitive keyboards, large monitors and other specialised software such as TEXT HELP Read & Write and Dragon.
Many participants use these facilities to discover ways to overcome their own personal challenges, while expanding their communication skills and overall connectedness to life…

The learning environment is supportive and flexible, with structured opportunities for learning and independence.

Our training approach can be incorporated into an individuals NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) plans as we offer 1:1 assistance using adapted or specialist computer equipment.


According to 26TEN, nearly one in two Tasmanians have difficulty meeting the demands of literacy and numeracy within their everyday life.We maintains a close relationship with 26TEN and work collaboratively OAK Tasmania to help people become more numerate and literate..

Our programs strongly focus on: learning to learn, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy. Participants use iPads and technology specialist computer equipment. We can customise support to suit each participant, and it can be incorporated into an individual’s NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) Plan.

We are thrilled to offer our services as a doorway to greater, higher learning… and a window to the WORLD!

“With shifting economic conditions, changes in employer / employee expectations and our education system as a whole, there is a great need for consistent, individualized focus within the training sector. At Oak Training and Development we feel particularly capable of imparting up-to-date knowledge and industry practices because we already operate successful business enterprises in the sectors we provide training in. Our staff have a high level of technical expertise in their fields, coupled with a genuine level of connection to the needs of our supported staff.”

OAK Pathways

Apples1OAK Pathways provides an innovative high quality service for people with disabilities wishing to participate in paid employment.  OAK Pathways will provide personalised transitional support, through individual pathway planning.

Pathways can include further education, informal learning, numeracy and literacy, volunteering, leisure and recreation, workplace experience or supported/open employment, and various combinations of the above.

OAK staff will work with individuals and key stakeholders to develop personalised transitional plans to meet the individual’s needs.



The following eligibility criteria applies:

  • Preferred age range is 18 – 25 but the main criteria is a desire to be in paid employment
  • Individual must be a client of a Gateway service or a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participant.
  • The individual must be able to demonstrate and understand a good level of communication.
  • A desire to participate and internal motivation to investigate future pathways.
  • Recipient of a Disability Pension