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Secondary school students gain support

Eighteen secondary school students in northern Adelaide are being connected to career opportunities in the disability sector through a new South Australian Government Disability Workforce Project.

Year 11 and 12 students from six Northern Adelaide high schools are studying a Certificate III in Community Services through a school-based traineeship as part of the project.

As well as accredited training and work placements with community organisations, including disability sector employers, students receive case management and structured workplace mentoring support.

The project is supported by the South Australian Government’s Disability Workforce Hub in northern Adelaide, a service that connects job seekers with local employers, training providers and employment to help fill local job opportunities in the expanding disability sector.

About 6000 new jobs will be created across the state over the next few years to support the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout, including up to 2000 in the Northern Adelaide region.

The Disability Workforce Project is delivered in partnership with Relationships Australia SA, Maxima, the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) and the City of Salisbury through their youth initiative, Twelve25. In addition to the project, the students attended a half-day ProjectABLE workshop, delivered by the National Disability Services (NDS) and funded by the Federal Government.

At the workshop, people with disability talked about their experience, and helped students learn about life with a disability, the importance of social inclusion and what they can do to make a difference.

The six schools involved in the project are Craigmore High School, Parafield Gardens High School, Para Hills High School, Paralowie High School, Playford International College and Salisbury East High School.

SA Higher Education and Skills Minister Susan Close said the Disability Workforce Project is helping students become aware of career opportunities and pathways to jobs in the disability sector that will help meet the demand for extra services from the NDIS roll out.

“The project complements the workshop which also supports students to learn more about the range of roles available in the disability sector,” she said.

“Being able to provide employers with appropriately skilled people is central to the State Government’s skills, training and employment strategy, WorkReady.”

Source: SA Government

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