The program is helping young Victorians living with disability grow their career opportunities and gives our students greater skills and knowledge while they study.
The Minister for Industry and Employment, Ben Carroll MP, met with the class and announced the next stage of funding for the pilot program. Our Community and Transitional Education Department was successful in applying for $50,000 from the Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund.
“This program is making a real difference to the lives of young Victorians with disability – giving them real hands-on experience so they can find work. Work means much more than a regular pay cheque – it creates a sense of purpose and can change people’s lives, said Mr Carroll.
The project is modelled on successful UK programs and is designed to increase employability outcomes. The Health Science, Youth and Community Studies Faculty is analysing the difference between job outcomes in students completing an integrated practical placement program in contrast to learners who study on campus. The aim is to find the best learning practice model.
Our 10 students complete three, nine-week placements during the year. The class is split across various areas of the hospital, including human resources, medical records, allied health, volunteer and family services, the early learning centre, kitchen, mailroom and equipment departments.
Three students have already been offered continued work with The Royal Children’s Hospital.