Disability grant to help employ

Team: Limestone Coast Training Naracoorte team members Wanda Banning (left), Mardi Riley and Caroline Redding welcome the grant.
Team: Limestone Coast Training Naracoorte team members Wanda Banning (left), Mardi Riley and Caroline Redding welcome the grant.

Limestone Coast Training (LCT) is developing workshops for people with a disability to get a 'leg up' when it comes to gaining employment in Naracoorte and the Limestone Coast.

Thanks to a grant of $33,000, awarded through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the training organisation will look to run a series of 'Skills for Work' programs at out of their Mount Gambier branch.

Trainer, assessor and developmental educator Cath Marchiori said the innovative, new program will help participants who may have thought they were not quite suited or didn't feel confident enough to apply for jobs.

"The content would encompass a broad range of topics that really is starting with identifying your own unique abilities and just a little bit of career planning, identifying your skills and strengths," Mrs Marchiori said.

Mrs Marchiori said that quite often applicants have strong employable skills without even realising it.

"We might be looking at things like good communications skills, problem solving skills, skills around developing self confidence and your ability to accept and learn from criticism or using your initiative..

"Like it does for most of us, the importance of having a job for people with developmental disabilities or physical disabilities can equate to having a valued role or a sense of purpose in life."

Over the course of 12 months, the course will be delivered to two groups of six people, for the duration of two school terms each.

The LCT is inviting anyone from Naracoorte or surrounds to register their interest in the program by calling 8762 0016.

Participants would attend weekly for three hour sessions in a classroom environment.

Federal MP for Barker Tony Pasin said the program will help participants and their families bridge social and cognitive barriers.

"This funding will help members of our community living with a disability realise their ambitions of increased participation in the community through engaging in employment," Mr Pasin said.