Growth In Employment Opportunities For Carers Anticipated In Regional New South Wales

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The disability and community care sector is set to grow rapidly in regional centres across New South Wales, including Wagga Wagga in the next five years.

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The disability and community care sector is looking to recruit 40 000 people across NSW in the next five years

The disability and community care sector is set to grow rapidly in regional centres across New South Wales, including Wagga Wagga in the next five years.

Kurrajong Waratah and the state-wide carecareers employment campaign organised a forum in late February for more than 40 local residents and service providers to learn about how they could transition into a rewarding job in the disability and community care sector.

"The disability and community care sector is looking to recruit 40 000 people across NSW in the next five years because the number of people using these services is expected to rise to 350 000," says Dr Kate More, State Manager of National Disability Services NSW.

The forum allowed people to talk one-to-one with a 'Talent Advisor', or career counsellor, and several speakers presented, including: Dr Kate More from National Disability Services (NDS) NSW, Kurrajong Waratah CEO Steve Jaques, Kurrajong Waratah patron and local MP Daryl Maguire.

More than 110 local positions - based in Wagga Wagga and the Riverina have been advertised through carecareers since its launch 12 months ago.

The carecareers.com.au employment website functions much like Seek or MyCareer - but also offers a careers advisory service and help-line for job seekers.

"carecareers is a one-stop shop for those interested in finding out more about a career in the disability and community care sector.

"There are more than 33 local organisations eligible to use the carecareers service to recruit for staff, and unlike other recruitment avenues; this service is free of charge for employers and targets people who want to work specifically in this sector," says Dr More.

Kurrajong Waratah CEO Steve Jaques says, "Wagga Wagga and the Riverina is well placed to become a hub which will experience much of the growth in disability and community care services".

Mr Jaques says his organisation has experienced growth for two reasons; an increase in the number of services it can now offer, and an increase in demand from school-leavers, and those who require supported-accommodation services.

"Many people dreaming of a career change don't consider that they already have some relevant and transferrable skills that they can use as a paid care worker, or that on-the-job training is available.

"The disability and community care sector offers employees some enviable conditions including flexible working hours, on-the-job training, and employment security as this sector prepares to boom in the next five years," says Mr Jaques.

"There are lots of misconceptions about what it's like to work in the sector, so carecareers is focused on showing the mutually rewarding benefits of paid care staff supporting their client's goals, interests and abilities in their day to day work," says Dr More.

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