Connecting school students to disability sector careers
Eighteen 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 a new South Australian Government Disability Workforce Project.
As part of their studies, students receive accredited training and work placements with community organisations, including disability sector employers, as well as 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 earlier this month, 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 disability, the importance of social inclusion and what they can do to make a difference.