Booming disability sector beckons for TAFE graduates

Tanya Bennett

Umina resident Tanya Bennett is just one of the graduates from Gosford TAFE tapping into the booming disability care sector by landing jobs with the disability and aged care provider, Coastlink.

Bennett studied a Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) course and now works as a Disability Support Worker.

After completing her work placement at the Coastlink, Bennett said she is excited to start working in the community.

“Having been out of the workforce for the last 10 years while caring for my two kids, I enrolled in the course to learn new skills and pursue a career in an industry I’ve always been passionate about – and the teachers have really helped me to hit the ground running,” she said.

“It’s been so rewarding to be able to utilise the knowledge I’ve gained from personal experience as a carer for my daughter who has autism, as well as the skills I’ve gained during my course and work placement to help the community as part of the Coastlink team.”

CEO of Coastlink, John Davis, said the disability and aged care sectors are growing at a fast pace, with the demand for qualified support workers outpacing the supply.

“TAFE NSW has identified a gap in the market and has been instrumental in providing Coastlink and the sector with quality, well-trained support staff,” Davis said.

“Coastlink is very proud to be able to support TAFE NSW students who receive their qualifications through work placements.

“We intend to continue to work with TAFE NSW, through placement and other collaborations to ensure that people living with disability and the aged are supported to live their life their way.”

Media Release Oct 29