Eight people with disability recently celebrated the completion of their Individual Support studies at a special ceremony at the Life Without Barriers offices in Tuggerah.
The majority of the participants in the Certificate III course have gained employment working in aged care and disability facilities in the local area with one of the participants continuing on to further study.
The students were part of a program initiated by disability employment service, Joblife, to improve the students’ education and employment opportunities by undertaking a course in an occupation of need.
Regional Team Leader for Joblife, David Curtis, said there was an acute shortage of people to work in aged care or with people with disabilities.
“We designed the course to accommodate the needs of our clients and to make sure that we developed a program that would suit the requirements of future employers,” he said.
“We supported the participants with travel, finding work placements for them to get experience and helping them to stay on track with their studies.
“Every one of the graduates completed the course on time which is a credit to them all considering they all have personal barriers.”
The course was funded through the Smart and Skilled program run by the NSW Government.
LWB Central Coast Operations Manager Disability Services, Colleen Allen, said the course filled a gap in vacancies for trained disability support workers in the region and gave the job seekers a rich understanding of the needs of people living with disability.
“There is a lot of competition for support workers in the area and through the course we were able to meet the demand. Our close working relationship with Joblife made the process seamless.
“We have employed three graduates within our facilities and the feedback from our team leaders has been only positive.”
CEO of Joblife, Nunzia Confessore, congratulated the graduates on their commitment to completing the course and working with people with disability or in aged care.
“It is wonderful to see people with disability wanting to support those who are more vulnerable than themselves.
“And we know that employing people with disability contributes to a thriving, diverse workplace culture and boosts morale.”