• Skilling South Australia

Hands up for a taste of training

ACCREDITED: Hessel Group Operations Manager Darrel Tan at his Fullarton office. Picture: Mike Burton/The Advertiser

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People interested in a career in the disability sector can now get a taste of what’s involved thanks to a pre-traineeship project funded by the South Australian Government through the Skilling South Australia initiative.

The Hessel EduCare Pre-Traineeship Program for the Disability Sector is a five-week course that offers hands-on learning in a combination of accredited units taken directly from the national Certificate III in Individual Support, and non-accredited units developed in consultation with industry.

The four accredited units cover providing individualised support, contributing to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach, supporting community participation and social inclusion, and providing an emergency first-aid response in education or care settings.

“The non-accredited portions offer insights into the disability sector, such as terminology, data management, the disability sector and the NDIS,” says Darrel Tan, Hessel Group Operations Manager.

“There are also additional aspects to make the training more holistic, including health and wellness sessions, nutritional and sickness advice, professional development modules and site visits, where participants can see how facilities actually operate.”

Industry and Skills Minister David Pisoni says this project will help meet the demand for skilled workers in one of the State’s fastest growing industries.

“The roll out of the NDIS in South Australia is predicted to create around 6000 full-time equivalent jobs in our disability sector,” he says. “In addition to the widespread economic benefit of filling these roles, South Australians with a disability deserve quality care, and so we need to attract experienced and highly-skilled staff to the industry.”

The project will engage 30 participants in pre-traineeship activities, with a minimum of 21 gaining a traineeship as a personal support worker upon completion.

The program is being delivered in support of the Disability Sector Pilot Training Program by National Disability Services (NDS) – the peak body for disability services in Australia – with group training organisation Career Employment Group (CEG) on board to facilitate on-the-job training for people who gain a traineeship contract.

“In this traineeship with CEG, you will be exposed to several disability organisations, giving you a wider understanding of what’s involved,” Tan says.

Participants also get paid during on-the-job training.

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