Vivability CEO, Nicholas Packham, said since the NDIS was launched nationally on 1 July 2016 he has noticed a demand for extra service and a more person-centred approach for clients.
“In response to this, we have made an ongoing yearly commitment for ten staff to complete a Certificate IV in Community Services at TAFE NSW Bathurst, to help close the current skills gap.
“I’m really passionate about assisting clients and staff to meet their goals and helping to develop staff to be leaders in the sector,” Mr Packham said.
Vivability Support Worker, Sarah Matthews, has worked as a teacher for 17 years and is now enjoying learning new skills to work with people with specific needs.
“The course is teaching me how to communicate better with clients, legal and ethical requirements and how to empower clients.
“Being able to carry out day-to-day tasks mean so much to our clients and I want to learn all that I can to make things easier for them,” Ms Matthews said.
Passionate Vivability Support Workers, Greg Davis and Brad Hargans, also believe it’s really rewarding to be able to better someone else’s day and sometimes they get more out of it than the clients.
“I want to give 100% to my job and the excellent TAFE NSW training is helping me go that extra mile. I’m so grateful for the trust that Vivability has in us to do our jobs,” Mr Davis said.
Mr Hargans added: “I’ve worked in many industries and it’s refreshing to have so much support and encouragement from your employer. If I won lotto tomorrow, I’d still be working here.”
The Certificate IV in Community Services is one of many courses that have been tailored by TAFE NSW to target the specific skill sets required by businesses and organisations.
To find out more about TAFE NSW customised training, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.