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Celebrating diversity, social inclusion and equal opportunity.

"Come to the Table", an industry dinner event held at Prahran Mission, brought together local employers and organisations keen to learn about young people with disabilities making successful transitions from school to employment. Held on 14th May 2013, the event was organised in partnership by the Inner Eastern LLEN, the Inner Melbourne VET Cluster, Prahran Mission and Montague Continuing Education Centre.

Starting with a fun, interactive cooking activity, guests met like-minded people who have a passion for helping young people thrive in a wide variety of work environments. Over a delicious dinner they heard about opportunities, challenges and personal success stories directly from employers as well as students who have benefited from experience in everyday workplaces.

MC for the night was Brett de Hoedt, a regular MC for Australia's Disability Employment Conference. Brett has a deep understanding of the disability and community sectors and he kept guests thoroughly engaged and entertained!

Speakers included Michael Wilson from the Life After School Ambassador program, Justin Wise, Head Chef from The Point in Albert Park, and Jayden Bell, a School-based Apprentice working at The Point.

Guests were thrilled when Justin announced that he has offered Jayden an apprenticeship at the end of this year, providing him with an opportunity for a seamless transition from school to employment. Hearing this news provided an insight into what this kind of positive and tangible outcome means for employers and young people.

Responses collated from evaluations indicated a very strong interest from most attendees to determine how they could assist young people with disabilities to make successful transitions from school to employment. As a result this partnership are now in the process of setting priorities and establishing strategies to engage these stakeholders further and harness opportunities for broader options in career development and pathways to employment.

IELLEN Project Officer, Louise Nicholas, would like to give special thanks to Russell Spence and Robin Tully for volunteering to photograph the event and capturing the atmosphere and action so well.

"What a fantastic evening! A great balance of an icebreaker, excellent food and information about what you do. Well done."

"Jayden and Michael's journey is a real inspiration."

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