Welcome to part two of our blog series that provides you with a snapshot of the CSIA projects you need to know about.

We have a range of projects underway that are enabling us to advance the Community Services Industry through doing business better. In this project update, we’re focusing on our program area Workforce for the Future and everything you need to know to support your most important asset, your workforce.

We have chosen three projects that are using the power of our networks and partnership with Industry and government to ensure a robust future workforce.

Boosting the Local Care Workforce

We’re thrilled to let you know that the Boosting the Local Care Workforce (BLCW) program has been extended for two years until end June 2023!

CSIA is a partner in this national program engaging and supporting the care and support sector along with Ernst & Young and the First Peoples Disability Network.

The work in this next phase of the program is aligned to the NDIS national workforce plan with BLCW named in initiative five under priority one of the plan.

The BLCW team continues to focus on connecting sector providers and employers with employment and training providers to support workforce attraction and recruitment.

More broadly the three areas of focus for the program remain the same:

  • Provider and market development, support and interventions
  • Workforce development and connection (connecting supply and demand), and
  • Gathering, analysing and reporting information and intelligence to influence policy development and change.

Already the team have hit the ground running rolling out several events since this phase kicked off:

  • Introduction to workforce planning online event
  • Growing the care and support sector workforce event in Rockhampton
  • Specialist Disability Accommodation for investors and developers online event
  • An online roundtable on JobTrainer, and
  • Information sessions for employment service providers.

And there’s even more important events and opportunities in the pipeline you need to know about! Get along to:

  • Group recruitment events
  • Sector and employment services connection events
  • A Workforce Planning Community of Practice, and
  • A series of online sessions profiling available workforce support initiatives.

Want to know more? Contact BLCW Lead Regional Coordinator QLD Kylie Hogan.

Industry Skills Advisor Program

CSIA’s Industry Skills Advisor Program is designed to get meaningful conversations happening about workforce and Vocational Education and Training issues you’re facing.

Through strategic engagement with industry, intelligence and feedback is collected and provided to Queensland’s Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) and SkillsIQ (the organisation supporting the development of Community Services qualifications).

Your input influences real change in the development of qualifications to meet the current and future needs of our most important asset, workforce.

And as part of this process, we’ve consulted with more than 150 stakeholders in the past 12 months across these vocational areas:

  • Children’s Education and Care Training Package Development (Draft 3)
    • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
    • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
    • Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care
    • Diploma of School Aged Education and Care
  • Certificate III in Community Safety Patrol
  • Aged Care and Disability Support qualifications
    • Certificate III in Individual Support
    • Certificate IV in Disability Support
    • Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • Community Sector and Development Training Package
    • Certificate IV and Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention
    • Certificate IV and Diploma of Community Services
    • Certificate IV and Diploma of Youth Work
    • Case Management Skill Set
  • Mental Health and Organisational Disruption Skill Set

Of course, the influential work happening in this program only exists with your insights!

Be part of future consultations, contact CSIA Industry Skills Advisor Project Manager Jamie Brown to find out more.

The Industry Skills Advisor Program is funded by DESBT.

NDIS Workforce Fundamentals

Whether you have new staff starting out in the disability sector or have an existing worker wishing to upskill or refresh their knowledge, the NDIS Workforce Fundamentals micro-credential will save you valuable time and resources.

CSIA is leading this project on behalf of WorkAbility Qld in partnership with TAFE Queensland and in collaboration with an Advisory Group of seven NDIS Registered Providers (ARC Disability, FNQ Life Without Barriers, Disability Matters, Tableland Community Link, Real Living Options, Mercy Community and Multicap) and QDeNgage consultants. The pilot is funded by Queensland’s Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).

This new micro-credential reduces duplication in induction training for both the NDIS workforce and NDIS providers.

Plus, it delivers critical elements you need when inducting new workers, it’s portable across Industry and reduces costs for your organisation through shared resourcing and recognition of learner outcomes via a Digital Badge.

The pilot for this exciting new course is now underway with nearly 80 participants (new and existing workers) from 13 different NDIS providers including Downs Syndrome Qld, Focal Community Services, Institute of Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH), Neta Care, MS Queensland, and Multiskill Centre in Cloncurry.

Stay tuned for the course launch in December by signing up to the WorkAbility Qld enews and be one of the first to offer this great opportunity to your new and existing workforce.

Want more information about the course? Check out the WorkAbility Qld website or contact CSIA Project Officer Tannia Lancaster.