What To Expect On Your Individual Support Vocational Placement

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If you are studying a nationally accredited course in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability or Home and Community care) you are required to complete 120 hours of Vocational Placement. This is a compulsory, assessable part of your course which will lead to the issue of your formal qualification or statement of attainment. For many students, this is a new and exciting opportunity to put all the skills and knowledge they learnt in class to the test! Below is a quick guide explaining all you need to know before starting your Vocational Placement in 2017:

 

 

What exactly is Vocational Placement?

A Vocational Placement is the assessable part of your Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Disability or Home and Community care). Vocational Placement refers to a student’s practical training and experience in a professional setting.  The experience with the placement provider will:

 

  • Enable you to gain hands-on experience in the workplace
  • Help you link knowledge and skills with jobs
  • Help you better understand theory by putting it into practice

 

Vocational Training in Individual Support typically focuses on training students how to perform the tasks that would be required of them in the workforce. Undertaking a Vocational Placement means you’ll be placed in a professional workplace to receive practical, hands-on training from professionals in these areas. This unique teaching method aims to equip you with competitive skills and industry standard experience which you can immediately apply to the workforce.  Essentially, completing a Vocational Placement will help you prepare for your job after graduation.
Read more on how Rochelle switched careers to land her dream job in aged care. 

 

How Does it Work?

 

Upon completion of theoretical units and practical training in manual handling and first aid, your trainer will assess your competency level, ensure you meet the compulsory requirements and then assign you a Queensford College Vocational Placement Coordinator. From here, you must secure a facility suitable for your Vocational Placement. Alternatively, the Vocational Placement Coordinator may offer you assistance, and suggest available placement spots in facilities currently offered by Queensford College. After you have confirmed the location of your Vocational Placement, the Vocational Placement Coordinator will then send through the relevant documentation and liaise with managers and staff at the facility through-out your placement.

Once you’re placed in the aged care facility or community care centre in a location suitable to you, you will then be required to complete your 120 hour Individual Support Placement.

 

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Benefits:

Completing an aged care vocational placement in an aged care facility can lead to a number of benefits including:

 

Better chances of employment

Students who have received formal practical training have a better chance at securing a full-time position within the Individual Support industry after graduating. Acquiring practical skills and competencies shows potential employers that you are work ready.

Higher earning levels

Studies show that individuals who have sought formal education and training will receive higher paying wages than those who don’t. Having a formal qualification is proof of your industry standard skills and knowledge and will set you apart from competitors.

Increased job satisfaction

Students who have participated in and completed formal vocational training are said to have better job satisfaction. This is because those who feel better prepared and competent at what they’re doing will feel confident and in control; instead of nervous and unsure.

 

Hands-on learning approach

The training you receive is specifically related to the Individual Support industry. Upon completion, you will have a better understanding of the practical elements involved in individual support compared to those who don’t have any real-life training.

 

 

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Read more on 5 reasons to kick start a career in Aged care. 

 

Student Story:

Micco began studying his Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) in early 2016. When it came time for his vocational placement, Micco said the staff were eager to share their experience and expertise and show him how to provide the best quality of individualised care.

Overall, Micco said this placement gave him the necessary industry skills, experience and confidence he needed to become a Personal Care Worker (PCW). After his placement, the aged care facility he completed his training at offered him a permanent full –time job!! Accepting the job, Micco was able to transform his passion into a career in just half a year!

Well done Micco!

 

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If you’re interested in a career like Micco’s, check out our Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) or any other of courses in Individual Support for Disability or Community Care here.

How To Help Children With Learning Disabilities In The Classroom

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Children with learning disabilities often require extra attention and support during classroom activities. Typically, children with learning disabilities have normal intelligence but face issues when it comes to developing reading, writing, and mathematical skills.

As an early childhood educator, providing the best quality assistance to children with learning difficulties is extremely important. An early childhood education qualification such as a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care can equip you with the right skills and knowledge to successful create a positive learning experience for all students. No student should feel left out. Take a look at these 6 successful strategies you could use to accelerate students learning in and around the classroom:

 

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1. Allow extra time for completing class tasks

For some children with learning disabilities an extra 30 minutes to complete a test is the difference between passing and failing; especially for students with Dyslexia. Students with Dyslexia find reading and processing written words extremely tricky. When printed on a page, words and letters often appear jumbled or mixed up. According to the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA), Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability, students who have Dyslexia normally have problems reading, decoding letters, comprehending text, writing and spelling.  LDA, 2017.

For this very reason, students with Dyslexia should be given extra time to complete exams, tests, written classroom activities and all other summative assessments. This extra time gives students a chance to work through tests at their own pace.

 

2. Use a tape recorder

This is a great learning resource for assisting students with Dyslexia. Because Dyslexic students face trouble reading, global leaders in assistive technology and disability support Iansyst suggest using a tape recorder to translate directions and instructions verbally. Iansyst, 2014

Rather than providing a student with a written handout, try recording your instructions on a personal tape recorder and handing it to the child to listen to. This way, instead of struggling through a list of instructions, the student can sit at their desk and listen to the instructions through a private headset whilst others take their time reading.

 

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3. Reduce need for writing

Children who have Dysgraphia have problems writing letters and words. According to the Learning Disabilities Association, children with this disability generally have illegible handwriting, inconsistent spacing, poor spelling and difficulty composing sentences. The greatest issue however is their inability to think and write at the same time. LDA, 2017

To help excel their learning reduce their need for writing. This can be done by providing copies of class instructions, notes, outlines or pre-printed study sheets in class, instead of asking them to copy down notes from the whiteboard or text-book. Another effective learning strategy for students with Dysgraphia is the incorporation of ICT and special learning software in assessment. Instead of grading them on a written report, allow students to present their work through a range of pictures, sounds and videos.

 

4. Keep classroom chatter to a minimum

Although this is an obvious classroom rule across all learning environments, students with learning disabilities will find it easier to focus when it is quiet and their area is free from distractions.

To help the student stay settled and focus, consider where the student would best be seated.  Is it best if the student sits away from windows and doors to minimise distractions from visitors, birds or the weather? Is it best if the student sits directly opposite your desk? Should the student be seated next to their best friend to encourage a feeling relaxation? Try creating a silent reading corner, or a quiet thinking desk. These places promote a safe place for students to visit and silently work.

Pro tip: Classrooms set up with seats in rows, with focus on the teacher, will work better than having students seated around tables or facing one another in other arrangements.

 

5. Use visual aids and multi-sensory learning techniques

Try multi-sensory learning techniques that will engage students who have difficulty focusing and paying attention. Multi-sensory learning is the integration of sight, sound and touch. According to Dyslexia Reading Well multi-sensory leaning can activate different parts of the brain and is especially effective for Dyslexic students. Dyslexia Reading Well, 2017

Visual: Try to incorporate lots of visual cues during lessons such as posters, videos, graphs and charts. You could also use coloured coded whiteboard markers when writing on the whiteboard to highlight important topics.

Sound: Try to incorporate lots of singing, dancing, rhyming, audio tones, clapping and discussion. Dyslexic students can also be supplied with audiobooks. This is commonly referred to in the education word as ‘reading with your ears.’

Touch: Physical things help aide the learning of students with disabilities, especially in topics such as math and science. For example: wooden counting cubes for math, clocks with adjustable hands for time, fake notes and coins for money or plastic cakes and pies for fractions.

 

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Read more on the 3 highly effective ways you can study childcare

 

6. Assign them a ‘study buddy’

 

Known as class-mate peer coaching, the act of assigning two students together can promote active learning environments that nurture and support positive learning experiences. For students with learning disabilities this is a great way to subtly make sure they are engaged and receiving the correct resources they need to succeed. Sometimes assigning a student a classroom Support Aide (although sometimes necessary) can feel isolating. After all, no young child wants to feel different! Instead, try pairing them with a more senior student who excels during classroom learning activities or who has a great academic record. Students who actively help other students learn are reinforcing their own learning by instructing others! And the student receiving the in-class assistance will feel more comfortable and open interacting with others.

 

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Do you have what it takes to become a qualified Early Childhood Education and Care provider? Check out the course outline here. Or if you prefer to speak to a Course Advisor, call us on 1300 236 364.

7 Reasons You Should Start a Career in Community Services

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This week, people across Australia will come together to celebrate National Volunteer Week – a week dedicated to acknowledging the generous contribution of our nations volunteers. Running from May 8th – 14th, this annual celebration is a reminder of the role community services play, in keeping neighbourhoods and communities across Australia thriving. Considered ‘heroes in disguise’, individuals in community service roles focus on providing care, support and counselling to those in need. They help address issues surrounding homelessness, substance abuse, rehabilitation, teenage pregnancy, unemployment, relationships and the elderly.

A career in community services offers a level of job fulfilment like no other.  Individual’s best suited to a career in community services are those with a passion for caring and helping the disadvantaged. A formal qualification such as the Diploma of Community of Services aims to provide students with the correct skills, knowledge and practical training to support those in need. Interested in kick-starting a career in community services? Find out 8 reasons why working in community services is so rewarding:

 

1. You’ll Change People Lives

Community support workers play a direct hand in changing people’s day-to-day lives – what a wonderful feeling! Helping vulnerable individuals overcome their problems, community workers have an immediate and profound impact on the welfare of those who need help the most. Community workers make a difference to the quality of people’s lives by giving them hope for a brighter future.

Working with individuals or groups to solve the issues they are facing within the community, community workers aim to facilitate change, create solutions, support unconditionally, provide information/resources and assist through community based services and programs. For example: say you were a recent migrant or refugee resettling in Australia. A community support worker, specialising in relocation services, would provide you with all the necessary resources and information to successfully start your new life. They would support your integration into the local community, assist with employment and training and counsel you through issues surrounding social and cultural shock. This support would give you the confidence to start settling in to your new home, instead of feeling lost or alone.

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2. Job Flexibility

A qualification in community services opens up many doors. Unlike some formal qualifications that limit individuals to particular roles, fields, or sectors, a career in community services is quite flexible. Instead of being restricted, community service workers are able to apply themselves across a number of areas before focusing on one area they are passionate about. Having so much flexibility available ensures you will end up in a job that is perfect for you!

A list of community service areas complied by the Australian Salvation Army include:

Aged care
Disability care
Alcohol and other drug rehabilitation services
Family support and counselling
Refugee, migrant and asylum seeker services
Domestic violence services
Child services/ youth issues
Marriage counselling
Employment and training
Emergency relief
Accommodation and housing services
Problem gambling and addiction
Grief counselling

 

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3. Highlight Real Issues

It is not uncommon for community service workers to get involved in this area of work because of issues they hold close to the heart. There is no denying that community service work is an extremely, passionate and rewarding area of work, that involves a lot of physical, mental and emotional strength. If you would like to become an advocate for an issue you find important, or you think deserves a voice why not get involved? Isn’t turning your passion into a career everybody’s dream? Be a voice, stand up and contribute to a greater society by evoking social change and highlighting issues bigger than yourself!

 

4. Industry Growth

A report released by SEEK Australia found that the Department of Employment predicts employment growth rates within the community services sector to increase more than 24.5 per cent between 2013-2018. In fact, it’s biggest occupational group, aged care and disabled care workers, is set to grow from 120,000 workers to 170,000 – an increase of 32 per cent by 2018! Seek, Insight and Resources 2015. This is largely due to Australia’s ageing population.

If you’re looking to kick-start a career in an industry that you know has incredible employment opportunities, community services is the one for you!

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5. Live Everyday with Purpose

If you want to avoid working an unfulfilling 9-5PM with no purpose, then a qualification in community services is worth investing your time, money and effort in.

By doing something you are passionate about, you can confidently wake up every morning with a smile on your face, go to work, and know you are making a difference in the world. Each day, community service workers have a purpose – to improve the quality of life of those who can’t help themselves. They help open doors to life-saving opportunities such as education, housing and employment.  For example, if you were a community support worker who specialised in alcohol and rehabilitation services you could come to work knowing you are actively working towards making someone’s life significantly better. Your purpose is to support a vulnerable individual make good choices, to get back on track. Imagine the joy you’d feel at the end of each day knowing you helped someone turn their life around!

If that isn’t a good enough reason to go to work every day then we don’t know what is!

 

Read more on National Volunteer Week 2017 (8th – 14th May). 

 

6. Move Around

A community services worker is someone who is in high demand in both rural and urban areas. A nation-wide demand means that you’ll have lots of options when it comes to picking where you want to live and work.

Some people enjoy working in remote areas. This is possible for community support workers, as the Government continues to fund remote indigenous community services. In February this year, the Australian Government rolled out its second stage of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing Services to Ipswich, Beaudesert, Townsville and Palm Island. In a media statement by the Queensland Government, Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman said that this roll out was part of an investment of more than $6 million dollars every year over the next five years to provide more than 60,000 hours of support to 1,300 indigenous families. Fentiman also mentioned that overall, this service was a part of a government funded package across rural Queensland for new community-run services to better support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. New Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, 2017

There is substantial funding for community based services in remote parts of Australia to continue running – perfect for those looking to work and live remotely.

 

7. Job Satisfaction

Community workers feel a great sense of job satisfaction. As previously mentioned, a community services worker actively works towards making positive changes in someone’s life to build a better, brighter future! Giving back to society, providing opportunities and offering unconditional support is a great way to make a living!

 

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Do you think you have what it takes to kick-start a fulfilling career in community services? Take a look at our Diploma of Community of Services. Or if you prefer to speak to a Course Advisor, call us on 1300 236 364.


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