Tafe SA will introduce new training for skilled workers in the local community services sector at its Murray Bridge Campus due to growing demand.
From Term 4, TAFE SA will be delivering on-campus, face-to-face training in the Certificate III in Community Services and applications are open for a Diploma in Community Services to be offered in Semester 1, 2022.
Manager of Education Partnerships, Sarah Lance, said the qualifications will prepare students for a range of rewarding roles in the local community services sector.
"A quick search of job advertisements in Murray Bridge and surrounds brings up more than 40 currently open vacancies for staff in the community services sector," Ms Lance said.
"We've consulted with employers to identify their workforce needs and believe this new community services course will equip students with the skills they need to potentially fill these roles.
"Working in this industry is a great way to give back to your local community."
The versatile qualifications can lead to roles in mental health, outreach support and youth work, as well as the front counters of various services including job providers and Centrelink.
Wellbeing and Inclusion Officer at Murray Bridge Council, Lee Prestwood also volunteers at the Murray Bridge Community Centre and said she is able to help a variety of people through her roles.
"Every day I'm meeting new people with amazing stories and it's so satisfying to be able to help them, whether it's a small step or something that changes their life, it's really rewarding," Ms Prestwood said.
Lee, who has an Advanced Diploma of Community Services, said the new qualifications will provide people with the personal resilience and skills required to support and assist those in need.
"It's great to have this training offered locally. The new courses will play a key role in supplying our local employers and support organisations with the skilled staff that are needed in a growing town," she said.
Sarah Smith has been working at the Murray Bridge Community Centre for five years and is a familiar face to the centre's volunteers and clients.
She studied a Bachelor of Behavioural Science, and said working at the community centre gives her the chance to support locals to connect to each other.
"I want to provide options for our local community to thrive and our centre enables the sharing of resources and social interaction which is so important," Ms Smith said.
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Sarah Lance said the new courses can provide a pathway to university study, which also can be completed locally.
"You can start with a Certificate III in Community Services, work towards a Diploma and eventually transfer to a university course such as Social Sciences, Behavioural Science or Youth Work, all of which can be done externally here in Murray Bridge at the Murray River Study Hub," Ms Lance said..
For more information about the Certificate III in Community Services or the Diploma of Community Services, visit www.tafesa.edu.au or call into the Murray Bridge Campus.