Skip to main content >
Male trainer helping male student with school work
 

News

News at Karingal

 

Students discover disability career options

Wednesday, 14 June, 2017

High school students from across the Geelong region were given a valuable insight into life working in the disability care sector as part of Friday's projectABLE workshop at Geelong's Eastern Hub.

The three-hour session was hosted and coordinated by a group of passionate people living with a range of disabilities who spoke about different career options in disability and community care.

Among the guest speakers was Mark Lazaroo from Karingal Training, a highly regarded Registered Training Organisation delivering job-ready and nationally-recognised qualifications and vocational short courses.

"If you're not sure about what uni course you want to do or if you're still gearing yourself up for work, certificate programs are a really great thing to do," Mark told the students.

projectABLE is now in its fifth year and since the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in 2013, the value of the program is even more pronounced.

An estimated 70,000 new workers in the disability care sector will be needed by 2019, and the session targeted students to explain that there is more to disability work than just being a carer.

"We need to show young people two things: that there are lots of career opportunities, and that people with disabilities are not somebody to be afraid of," said projectABLE presenter Chris Van Ingen.

Chris, who has low vision, was involved in the development of Karingal's new website to ensure that people with impaired vision can access the site easily and efficiently.

"It's everybody's responsibility to make society more accessible for everyone," Chris said.

To find out more about the projectABLE initiative, which is free for schools, contact Acting National Student Program Manager Mary Lou McPherson on 0491 226 509.

Pictured below: Students hold up their projectABLE showbags alongside the presenters at the conclusion of Friday's session.

Project ABLE Group Shot V2

 

Back To News  
 

Latest News

View All Pause Play
 
Loving couple find their independence

For nine years, Ronnie and Raquel have been together and in love. A particular goal of theirs has been to live together, and thanks to the support of Karingal St Laurence's My Own Place program, DHHS and Active Community Housing, they are now living independently in a unit in Yarraville.

 

Read Article
Students discover disability career options

High school students from across the Geelong region were given a valuable insight into life working in the disability care sector as part of Friday's projectABLE workshop at Geelong's Eastern Hub.

Read Article
Friends for life at new Portland shared support accommodation

The first soil was turned at the construction of the Portland Lighthouse Home on Wednesday, May 31 as part of the latest Karingal 'A House for Life' project.

Read Article
A House for Life update

Karingal's commitment to the provision of shared living dates back more than 40 years and we offer shared living and residential respite from properties located in Geelong, Colac, Mornington Peninsula and Warrnambool.

Read Article
Riding challenge for volunteers and participants

GMHBA workplace volunteers undertook a riding challenge with Karingal St Laurence Adventure Based Learning Experiences (KABLE) participants at Barwon Valley Activity Centre last month.

Read Article
KarnivART attracts more artwork than ever before

This year's Karingal St Laurence KarnivART art exhibition attracted more entries than ever before, with 100 high quality artworks created by artists with a disability on display at Eastern Hub Geelong until Friday June 2.

Read Article
City at Work provides fun pathways to employment

Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) job seekers from the Whittlesea region are benefiting from a new employment program which officially launched yesterday. City at Work is a collaboration between Melbourne City Football Club, through their charity City in the Community, and local employment providers MatchWorks and Employment Services Group (ESG).

Read Article
Shared supported accommodation officially opened in Frankston

A new shared supported disability accommodation was officially opened yesterday in front of local community in Frankston's North.

Read Article
Frankston job seekers create mini golf course for local youth

MatchWorks Work for the Dole (WfD) job seekers have assisted in the design and creation of a transportable 9-hole mini golf course for the Frankston City Council North Hangout. The golf course, named Peninsula Sandtrap, was unveiled yesterday at a celebratory event at Frankston North Community Centre.

Read Article