Integrated Practical Placement (IPP) program
Helping school leavers and young people who have a disability gain work experience and qualifications
The Integrated Practical Placement (IPP) program is a partnership between Holmesglen Institute, WISE Employment and host employer partners the City of Monash (Active Monash), The Royal Children’s Hospital and The Royal Melbourne Hospital to help school leavers and young people who have a disability gain work experience and qualifications.
The program provides a unique opportunity for young people and school leavers living with disability, to gain practical work experience while studying Certificate I in Work Education at Holmesglen Institute. By bringing the classroom to the workplace instead of on-campus, Holmesglen Institute students experience working life practically for three terms in their chosen departments and a variety of career interests.
WISE provides IPP program participants with job coaching and ongoing employment support
WISE, via Disability Employment Services (DES), plays a collaborative role in the IPP program by identifying and referring job seekers aged 18-22, who have a mild intellectual disability, learning difficulty or other disabilities to the IPP program as participants. We serve as a job coach throughout the IPP program on an ongoing basis, to help ensure that participants build a career plan and transitions into a workplace and roles that suit them. It is important that participants feel supported in their role – we stay in contact with them and their employer regularly and assist when needed.
Participants who complete the supported placement program have shown promising results, with success rates of gaining mainstream employment up to 80%.