The PreEmploy gives you the opportunity to learn while you work. It is an employment preparation course for people on a disability support pension living with mental health issues. Its objective is to provide you with the skills and confidence you need to enter open employment.

Contact hours for PreEmploy are two full days per week for six months. One day per fortnight is spent doing recovery-focused, vocational training at PreEmploy in Surry Hills; the other three days over the fortnight are spent doing work experience. Participants are paid an assessed supported wage while accessing the program.

You are matched to work experience that best supports your personal vocational goals. This might include roles in hospitality, administration, reception, marketing, publications, lawn and garden maintenance or packing and light assembly.

Some of the topics covered in PreEmploy vocational training include:

  • self-esteem and confidence
  • wellness and mindfulness
  • personality types and behavioural styles
  • the meaning of community
  • learning styles
  • recognising your strengths
  • career choices
  • how to search for a job
  • writing cover letters
  • pathways to recovery
  • goal setting
  • time management and budgeting