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Youth Strategy attracts service provider attention

Youth Strategy attracts service provider attention

WorkAbility Qld, in partnership with Department of Education (DET), Mabel Park State High School, Myhorizon and Logan Hospital, hosted a ‘Youth Attraction Strategy’ Field Trip on Thursday, 27 July 2017.

The ‘Youth Attraction Strategy’ Field Trip enabled 14 service providers from across the South East Queensland (SEQ) region to explore an alternative strategy to help address the sector supply and demand challenges as a result of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) roll out across the state.

Attracting skilled, youthful workers, capable of responding to the aspirations of NDIS participants is a significant challenge facing the disability sector.

The Youth Attraction Strategy aims to empower, inspire and inform sector employers and educators of the flexible and rewarding youth career pathways and employment opportunities relevant to NDIS implementation.

The ‘Youth Attraction Strategy’ Field Trip was a key initiative of the Strategy, providing an opportunity for local service providers to learn about the valuable programs that are supporting students to obtain work in the health sector.

Mick Hornby, Mabel Park State High School (MPSHS) Principal, showcased the Health Pathways Program offered by the MPSHS Health Training Hub, on the day.

The Health Training Hub offers Year 10, 11 and 12 students the opportunity to undertake a Certificate II in Health Support Services delivered by industry qualified trainers one day per week alongside their school curriculum.

Currently there are 100 students from 13 collaborating schools that have self selected to undertake the qualification through the Health Training Hub.

Sector representatives were able to meet some of the participating students on the day, who enthusiastically and confidently demonstrated the depth of their portable employability skills gained in the authentic skills lab and adult learning environment.

‘Speed career’ round-robin conversations between students and sector representatives also proved a fast and engaging approach to sharing career pathway success stories and motivational feedback.

The Health Pathways Program also offers students the opportunity to further enhance their skills through tailored industry work experience and successful recruitment into the highly competitive School Based Traineeship initiative.

Myhorizon and Logan Hospital are two organisations that have committed to take on school based trainees from the Health Pathways Program.

The second stop on the field trip was Myhorizon, who shared their journey and insights following their Ability Inspirations Day, a successful recruitment approach aimed to inspire students to take a closer look at careers in disability.

The Myhorizon team conducted eight career talks across four schools, shortlisting 30 young people to attend this event from 180 Health Hub participating students.

Myhorizon then took this to the next stage, conducting group interviews and ‘job suitability’ assessments with 25 students, utilising TAFE Queensland’s licensed Harrisons Report.

The Harrisons ‘Discover My Career’ tool and subsequent reports take away the guess work through scientific analysis, evaluating students individually and the career options best suited to their goals.

The tool assesses job performance, measuring 175 work-related traits including task preference, motivation, work environment preferences, interest and personal preferences.

Participants receive four reports: Career Options, Greatest Strengths, Career Development and Career Comparison Reports.

The results speak for themselves, Myhorizon employed 12 School Based Traineeships this month, investing in structured mentoring and hands on progression to facilitate genuine career pathways for students within the sector.

Excursion participants spoke highly of the field trip experience. Terrianne Redman, Human Resource and Administration Manager, Deaf Services Queensland commented that it “was a great experience” and encouraged students to “be open to possibilities, be flexible and work hard to achieve their goals.”

Helen Eager, Centre Manager, Centacare Learning Centre Gold Coast, Respite and Transition and Learning and Leisure said the day was “excellent, practical and informative. It was well organised and acknowledged the dedication of all parties involved.”

For more information on this initiative contact Helen Hansen, SEQ WorkAbility Qld Coordinator at helen.hansen@nds.org.au

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