Gladstone Region job-seekers and school-leavers who are considering studying to gain meaningful employment in the community services or disability services sector are encouraged to apply for entry into CQ University’s NDIS -related qualifications.
The roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been described as one of the most significant job creation opportunities in Australia’s history. Data released by the National Disability Insurance Agency reports that the NDIS-related workforce is made up of 73 000 employees and is expected to grow to 162 000 by 2020. To help meet this demand, CQUniversity offers a variety of qualifications to prospective students who are keen to join Australia’s fastest growing job sector.
Pro Vice-Chancellor VET (Operations and Growth) Peter Heilbuth said up to 13 000 additional Queensland jobs would be required for year three of the NDIS roll-out (2018-19). “CQUniversity offers a variety of NDIS-related qualifications, all of which attract Queensland Government funding support, lowering an eligible student’s out-of-pocket expenses,” he said.
CQUniversity will open enrolments for the Certificate III and IV in Community Services, Diploma of Community Services, and Certificate IV in Disability Services from 7 October.
Mr Heilbuth said the Certificate IV in Disability was well-aligned with the skills required of the NDIS-related workforce. “NDIS employees must have a focus on active support to be able to facilitate inclusion and independence for people with disability,” he said.
“The CQUniversity qualification is tailored to teach students how to provide training and support in a manner that empowers people with disabilities to achieve higher levels of independence, self-reliance, community participation and wellbeing.” Mr Heilbuth continued. “Students are also required to complete at least 120 hours of work placement as part of the course, which will ensure they graduate NDIS ready.”
Upon completion of the course, there are many employment opportunities available to graduates, including, but not limited to, Disability Support Worker, Employment Coordinator (Disability), Disability Support Coordinator, Lifestyle Support Officer, Personal Care Assistant and Social Educator.
Course enrolments close on 18 October