Staff, students and families from several Bendigo schools gathered in the BSSC Conference Room this afternoon for a special afternoon tea and to hear about the work of the EPICProgram, a NDIS-funded school leaver employment service run by NDIS at WISE.

The guest speaker was Carolyn Maltese, the mother of a former EPIC participant, Daniel, who is about to finish a part-time mechanic apprenticeship.

“Daniel lives with ASD and, thanks to the EPIC program, went from being too anxious to complete work experience to landing his dream job as a mechanic,” she said.

EPIC, a School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) program, works with school leavers to create a personalised program based on their strengths, interests and needs. It’s about fun, hands-on learning covering topics such as teamwork, time management, communication, and other work abilities.