Community services courses in demand

FOLLOWING increased success since opening in July 2015, Evocca College in Glenorchy is further expanding its study options with a greater selection of courses in community service and business education.

Evocca College Glenorchy campus manager Trish Goodfield said the new courses would help to increase study options for students, as well as increase the number of people with qualifications in social services.

“With our business faculty booming we wanted to add more industries in which our students could gain qualifications, and community services was the strongest option,” she said.

“Not only were we receiving demand from prospective students for the course, but we also noticed that there weren’t many further study options within the field in Glenorchy, which we thought needed to be addressed.”

Ms Goodfield said there were also many strong job prospects for community service graduates in Glenorchy.

“Community services is an industry that is integral to every region and council and it’s also a sector where constant demand for workers exists,” she said.

“I believe there is a lot of value in students increasing their knowledge and qualifications in that field.”

Evocca College Glenorchy’s aim to deliver tailored and flexible training for its students will continue to be a focus in its new community services offering, which will have a strong practical element.

“As part of our community services course, it is required that students complete 100-hours of vocational placement or volunteer work with local not-for-profit groups,” Ms Goodfield said.

“This ensures that when they graduate they will have the skills and grounding to be able to walk straight into a job.

“It’s also particularly important within the community services sector that they have experience in how to handle the challenges that come from working in such an emotive industry.”

To further help students excel in their chosen fields after they graduate, Evocca College Glenorchy also employs a team of career coaches and career placement officers to work with students to identify and apply for job opportunities.

For more information about Evocca College, visit www.evocca.edu.au.

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