Murray Bridge is the home of one of five new Disability Workforce Hubs.
Located in the Regional Development Australia Murraylands office on Adelaide Road, an Employment Coordinator will soon be recruited to work with local employers and support connections to local job seekers.
Community Bridging Service’s regional coordinator Murraylands and Riverland Tim Wiseman said he will look to work with any organisations that will add to employment opportunities for the region.
“It makes very good sense to have one of these hubs in the region, and it will be a really good addition to the sector here,” Mr Wiseman said.
“Anything that supports the NDIS and all of it’s employment potential in the region is a good thing. There’s a lot of employment opportunities here and if this helps, I look forward to it,”
A Department of State Development spokesperson said the Disability Workforce Hub will help ensure the region has a skilled workforce to meet the need for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) services.
At the hub people can meet with a career coach to help them find employment in the disability sector.
“If you are a job seeker interested in working in the disability sector, or an employer in the disability sector looking to hire staff, you are invited to connect with the hub,” she said.
Four of the six State Government Disability Workforce Hubs are located in regional South Australia to help local people make the most of jobs that will be created across the state over the next few years to support the NDIS rollout.
“The roll out of the NDIS does not only provide more services for people living with a disability; it will also deliver an economic boost for regional South Australia.
“There will be increased support for enterprises to become ready to deliver services under the NDIS,” she said.
The spokesperson also added that the NDIS is expected to at least double the number of current workers in the regions’ disabiltiy sector.
“This means the workforce required for this increase in demand is estimated to grow from 250 - 300 full time workers to 500 - 650 full time workers at full roll out.”
People are invited to call 08 8535 7170 and make an appointment to visit the hub in Murray Bridge at 137 Adelaide Road. The NDIS will begin to roll out for people aged 18 to 64 in the Murray Mallee from 1 October 2017.