Ryan Bros (left) supporting his client Henry at home.
A collaboration between TAFE NSW Gosford and a Central Coast disability care provider has kickstarted the careers of almost 100 new support workers.
The NDIS National Workforce Plan estimates the disability support sector will require an additional 83,000 workers by 2024, a 31 per cent increase. Trilogy Disability Services offers students a six-week paid employment and study program, including the completion of a Certificate III in Allied Health with TAFE NSW as they begin their new careers and fill a skills need on the Central Coast.
Shelly Beach’s Ryan Bros, 19, is a recent Trilogy trainee and has found a career shift to the support industry a rewarding experience.
“I decided that I needed a change from working in the hospitality industry and had friends who worked in individual support that highly recommend this line of work,” said Ryan.
“Studying at TAFE NSW was great, especially learning the practical side such as manual handling and the correct procedures.
“I felt well prepared when I finished my course to begin work and get some experience.
“My co-workers and I look out for each other, and the work we do for the participants is really rewarding - it feels good to help someone in need and make a difference in their life.”
Trilogy’s Training & Education Coordinator Petrina Heinze said the program is giving Central Coast locals a fulfilling career where they provide support and independence to participants while gaining a qualification with TAFE NSW.
“The collaboration between Trilogy and TAFE NSW provides a practical pathway into a rewarding career in disability support work,” Ms Heinze said.
“Almost 100 new workers have already completed the program, and we’ll have a new intake in January to meet the increasing demand for skilled workers on the Central Coast.”
Media contact: Amy Johnson, TAFE NSW Communications Specialist, 02 7921 0354 , firstname.lastname@example.org