Students get a taste for disability services

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TAFE students buddy with Disabilities Support Staff

TAFE students at Woodville Disability Services

This month Woodville Alliance is playing host to TAFE Disability Cert III students.

Students from the South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE (SWSi) are getting a taste of what it’s like to work in a disability services organisation.

The TAFE students are getting first-hand experience of supporting people with a range of abilities, buddying with Woodville support staff as part of their 120 hours of work. With enthusiasm and willingness to learn, the students are getting exposed to the vocation they have chosen to study, by providing person-centred support to people with an intellectual disability.

With the rollout of the NDIS in Western Sydney, it is expected that up to 3,300 more jobs will be created to meet the needs of around 8,000 people with a disability seeking support. Western Sydney is expected to see the highest growth in the state. The forecast is that the NDIS will create an economic and jobs boom in NSW over the next three years. You could argue it has never been a better time to seek work in the disability services sector.

Meanwhile, Woodville staff have received great feedback from the students who are benefitting from working alongside our experienced support staff.

It’s part of our ongoing partnership with SWSi TAFE.

We look forward to soon hosting another group of TAFE students who are returning for part two of their work hours placement. These keen students will be gaining experience working alongside support staff at our Independent Community Based Options (ICBO) base, supporting Woodville clients with an intellectual disability to access their community and be a part of local activities.

These TAFE students are lucky enough to dip their toes in the water at Woodville and see how our committed staff live out our values in all the work they do guided by ethical behaviour and informed by our professional skills and experience. If you are interested in learning more about working at Woodville Alliance Disability Services, contact our HR team.

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