First Illawarra CareStars graduate
Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka said the newly-qualified CareStars are a great example of students taking advantage of a sector that is growing.
Mr Ajaka added, “The excellent achievements of these graduates will no doubt carry through to their professional careers and make them an asset to the disability workforce.”
Upskilling the disability services sector
The CareStars program is for people who would like to have a career in disability services. The program consists of low cost training in a Cert III in Disability Studies from Shellharbour TAFE, and a senior Disability sector manager to act as a mentor.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The program has close links with the NDIS, a major reform to the national system of disability support. The scheme focuses on supporting the individual needs and choices of people with disability.
For the NDIS to be successful, it will need an extra 25,000 qualified workers across the disability support sector by 2018. The CareStars program provides students with valuable qualifications and on the job training, with a view to attracting more young people into the disability services sector.
The Commonwealth Department of Employment, NSW State Training and Family and Community Services funded the project and the partnership involved Tafe Illawarra, NSW Government and the Ilawarra Disability Alliance.