WorkAbility Qld has teamed up with QDeNgage for a focus group to support the development of the Common Induction for NDIS Workforce Micro Credential.
Consultants Mathew Townsend (Brisbane), Elisha Matthews (Brisbane), Dave Conway (Mackay) and Will Procter (Sunshine Coast) met with project staff Tannia Lancaster, Mandy Strathearn and Fay Whittaker (pictured) to share the key skills and attributes that they look for in Support Workers as self-managed NDIS participants.
Consultants each have lived experience of disability as well as recruiting for Individual Support Workers as self-managed participants, and spoke about the types of supports and activities required to assist them in their daily lives.
Responses for elements to include in the Credential ranged from people having a basic knowledge of the NDIS Code of Conduct to understanding disability and Human Rights, professional boundaries and open communication, as well as being comfortable with the diverse nature of the role and flexibility to adapt.
The Common Induction for NDIS Workforce Micro Credential is currently being developed together with NDIS service providers and people with lived experience before being tested and piloted with a cohort of forty student participants from across Queensland.
The final Micro-credential product aims to be Industry-supported and portable across disability services.
The pilot project is funded by Department of Education, Small Business and Training (DESBT), and is being led by WorkAbility Qld with an aim to create a shorter learning opportunity for NDIS workers to meet Industry and organisational training requirements around a mandatory induction for new employees, incorporating priority industry skills and common required elements of training.
To learn more about the Common Induction for NDIS Micro Credential please email Tannia Lancaster on firstname.lastname@example.org.