WorkAbility Qld, in partnership with TAFE Queensland and Community Resource Unit (CRU) has delivered two major initiatives that will boost quality student vocational placements in the disability services sector, and explore potential for assessment and vocational placements to be led by people with lived experience of disability.
The projects have taken place in parallel and delivers research, action-learning, resources and an innovative Placement Agency pilot for the Industry.
The NDIS Vocational Placement Resource Kit has been produced by TAFE Queensland as a practical resource to increase the uptake of student vocational placements with RTOs and employers in the disability and community services sector.
The Resource Kit is available free and contains seven fact sheets and more than 30 combined short learning videos across 6 topics to support delivery of vocational placement experiences in multiple settings.
The Kit has been produced as a direct response following extensive Industry-research into vocational placements which observed scope of practice within VPs, VET practitioner practice, operational processes and available resources. Findings have been captured in the report produced by TAFE Queensland; The NDIS Vocational Placement Initiatives Report.
In parallel to these initiatives, Community Resource Unit has led exploration of vocational placement practice frameworks and co-design for potential new models that have included and put people with disability at the centre of the learning experience for students. Insights and potential models have been captured in two facts sheets and a report; The Report on Student Vocational Placements; NDIS Practice Frameworks for Self-Managing Participants.
Finally, in an exciting innovative new trial for the sector, Community Resource Unit will lead the implementation of a Placement Agency pilot; a model working with 12 people with lived experienced of disability, as assessors and workplace supervisors to support a cohort of 10 students on the Certificate III Individual Support to complete their vocational placement in the homes of people with disability.
The Placement Agency brings to life investigations led by CRU for a potential new vocational placement model that support students who are undertaking their accredited training.
The above initiatives are delivered under the NTSSS project and have been funded by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).