Queenslanders are being urged to consider a rewarding career caring for people with a disability, with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) set to increase the sector’s workforce by an estimated 13,000 statewide.
Premier Campbell Newman said the disability sector was creating the jobs of the future and the Government was already preparing for the increase in opportunities.
“The disability sector will double in Queensland, capturing twice the number of clients who receive specialist care, so it makes sense that the workforce will need to increase at the same rate,” Mr Newman said.
“These people will need appropriate skills and training, which is why the Government has prioritised training for certificate three courses in disability.
“The NDIS will be a huge opportunity for Queenslanders who are looking for work or a career change.
“The Can-Do LNP Government is working hard every day to create jobs and opportunities by growing the economy.
“More jobs are being created in Queensland than in any other state and the NDIS will help us continue this trend.”
Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis said the Government had a strong plan for the sector that would create a brighter future for thousands of Queenslanders with a disability.
“Non-government organisations play a crucial role in delivering essential frontline disability and community care and we are revitalising these services as we promised at the election, ahead of the transition to the NDIS,” Ms Davis said.
“Training and resources are available to disability services organisations and individuals, so they can develop their skills and capacity during this period before the NDIS commences.
“The NDIS will be a monumental shift in the way disability services are delivered and we want Queenslanders to get ready and be as prepared as possible for its implementation.”
CPL CEO Angela Tillmanns said CPL recognised how important it was to build skills in the disability sector ahead of the roll-out of the NDIS in 2016.
Ms Tillmanns said CPL’s training and education division, Mylestones Training, offered accredited qualifications through specialised programs that taught students how to assist people living with disabilities and support them to be independent members of their communities.
“The Certificate Three Guarantee program means that training can be offered to eligible Queenslanders at an affordable price,” Ms Tillmanns said.
“Since we launched the program, we’ve had 41 graduates through this program achieve a Certificate Three in Disability – some of whom are now working as valued members of our CPL team.
“A career in the disability sector is perfect for anyone who is looking to do something different and more meaningful than the average nine to five desk job.
“The work we do is rewarding and certainly worth considering for people interested in being part of a sector that makes a real difference.”
For more information about the Queensland’s transition to the NDIS visit: www.disability.qld.gov.au
To find out about training opportunities with Mylestones Employment visit: www.mylestones.org.au