Work & Training to break barriers

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NOT-for-profit organisation Work & Training is breaking down the barriers to employment for hundreds of Tasmanians each year.

Work & Training has been providing training and recruitment services across Tasmania for more than three decades, earning an excellent reputation for service provision and partnership with businesses.

Employing more than 40 dedicated team members across the state, Work & Training provides a specialised, industry-focused service to Tasmanians seeking employment and businesses looking to upskill their staff.

Operating out of Moonah, Launceston and Devonport, Work & Training offers courses in business, retail, hospitality, aged care, disability, kitchen operations, commercial cookery and community services, delivering training to more than 450 students each year.

“We have a training arm that offers accredited and non-accredited training, and another arm that allows us to hire our own trainees and apprentices that are then hired out to host businesses,” Training Operations Leader Fiona Morse said.

“In our training department we offer pre-employment courses which are aimed at people who want to get a job or retrain in a different area; and on the other hand we have courses for people who are already employed and are looking to upskill.”

Fiona said that with options ranging from one-day short courses to high-level certificates, Work & Training has something for everyone.

“Our courses have been designed with industry in mind, with the goal of making our students employment-ready,” she said.

“Our Aged Care and Disability Certificate III courses are our flagship programs – 90 per cent of our students are being employed after completing the training.

“Our pre-employment students who may not have worked or studied for some time may present with barriers to study or employment.

“We often see language, literacy and numeracy barriers as well as previous dissatisfaction with education systems.

“Dealing with students concerns around these barriers can be a big thing and I think we assist students to overcome these really well.”

Fiona said all courses offered at Work & Training are designed in conjunction with employers and designed to answer industry needs.

“I think it is the combination of knowing what employers want, understanding the marketplace and really knowing our students and the barriers that they face on their learning journey is what places us apart from other training organisations,” Fiona said.

“We want to support as many Tasmanians as possible to achieve their career goals by removing perceived barriers.

“Our training days are run from 9.30am to 2.30pm to accommodate those who may have children.

“This means parents or carers can drop kids off to school, come and do something for themselves and still fulfill that parenting role.”

Aged Care student Chantelle Kells is one of 730 students currently enrolled in a Work & Training course.

“I had previously worked in construction but felt a real pull to re-train and take a new career path,” she said.

“We have only been studying for six weeks and I have learnt so much already.

“Despite being a class of 19, the amount of one-on-one support you receive is incredible.

“If you do not understand something teachers will continue to work with you to find solutions that are personalised to your learning needs.”

To find out more about Work & Training and its available courses, go to www.workandtraining.com.au

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