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Workforce hubs to provide link to employment opportunities in the disability sector

Sunday – 2 July 2017

Five new disability workforce hubs in South Australia will connect job seekers with local employers, training providers and employment to help fill local job opportunities in the expanding disability sector.

The State Government’s disability workforce hubs are a service that supports job seekers who want to work in the disability sector.

Up to 6000 new jobs will be created across the state over the next few years to support the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout.

An Employment Coordinator at each hub will help identify local workforce needs and opportunities, and coordinate programs, projects and services in partnership with local employers and businesses, employment service providers, training providers and councils across their respective regions.

The new hubs will be located in:

  • Southern Adelaide, with shopfronts at Christies Beach and Warradale, hosted by Career Partners Plus Inc. The southern Adelaide hub will also provide outreach to Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island.
  • Murraylands and Riverland, with shopfronts in Murray Bridge and Berri, hosted by Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland.
  • Yorke and Mid North, with shopfronts in Clare, Kadina and Port Pirie, hosted by RDA Yorke and Mid North
  • Limestone Coast, with a shopfront in Mount Gambier, hosted by Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast.
  • Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula, with shopfronts in Whyalla and Port Lincoln, hosted by RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula

The hubs will support jobs in the disability sector including direct support and allied health (with supported independent living), management and administration, human resources and workplace and health safety, information technology and transport and fitness.

The five new hubs follow on from the success of the first Disability Workforce Hub hub in Northern Adelaide.

That hub has supported more than 600 people to participate in training, skilling and employment projects since it was established in November 2016.

The Disability Workforce Hub in Northern Adelaide, hosted by Northern Futures, has supported:

  • About 110 people with specialised career services
  • More than 300 students to undertake subsidised vocational education and training qualifications
  • More than 140 participants in targeted employment projects
  • Clinical placements in disability sector settings for more than 30 occupational therapy and speech pathology students
  • 18 students to commence school-based traineeships.

Co-located at not for profit organisation, Northern Futures, the Disability Workforce Hub in Northern Adelaide has recently moved to larger premises in the Elizabeth Shopping Centre that provides a more visible shopfront and is easier for more people to access. The hub can also be accessed at Northern Futures’ site in Salisbury.

Background

Northern Adelaide will be the first region in South Australia for adults to enter the NDIS and it will begin to rollout for people aged 18 to 64 from 1 July 2017.

Once the NDIS is fully operational, more than $1.5 billion will be spent on disability services each year in South Australia, creating up to 6000 jobs.

The disability workforce hubs are part of the South Australian Government’s workforce strategy to develop a skilled workforce and ensure South Australia is prepared for the NDIS rollout.

Over three years, the South Australian Government is investing up to $12 million in special workforce development initiatives to build the disability sector workforce. The South Australian Government also supports people who study vocational qualifications to work in the sector, with $9 million invested during 2015-16.

For more information about the Disability Workforce Hubs visit the Jobs and Skills page of the NDIS South Australia website.

Quotes attributable to Higher Education and Skills Minister Susan Close

The State Government is funding Disability Workforce Projects that meet the specific skills and employment needs of disability sector employers who have identified job opportunities including personal support workers, allied health, client services and administration.

Being able to provide employers with appropriately skilled people is central to the State Government’s skills, training and employment strategy, WorkReady.

Quotes attributable to Disabilities Minister Leesa Vlahos

To ensure we meet demand for services, we need to grow the disability sector workforce.

The Government’s Disability Workforce Hubs will support thousands of people already working in, or looking to enter, the disability sector as well as businesses that are intending to deliver services to people with disability through the NDIS.