For Insun Hitts, getting a job has been a priority for the past few months. When she saw the opportunity to gain her qualifications as a support worker and to achieve a Certificate III in Individual Support with Integreat Queensland, she jumped at the chance.
“I love meeting new people but most of all I love helping people to further their lives,” Insun said.
“I had never thought of working as a support worker but once I investigated the course, I believed it could be a great option to not only work with people, but to find a job that I could be passionate about.”
Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home, and Community) is designed to provide training to entry level workers who want to work in residential aged care facilities, community care, disability care, and community-based organisations and hospitals.
Delivered at Integreat Queensland by Simple Solutions, Industry Trainer and Assessor Brenda Spedding said there is a high demand for support workers in both the aging and disability industry.
“The trainees that obtain their certificate will go onto working in residential retirement or in home community care which might involve them having to go into houses to support independent living,” Brenda said.
“It may allow them to go into a house share situation where people are required to have 24hr care. They may assist with general housework and duties or medications, which can enable people to continue on living an independent lifestyle.
“They could also become community support workers which helps people access the community by helping them go shopping, go to the doctor, and or access transport. It basically assists people keep their independence.”
From beginning the course in July, it only took Insun a few weeks to find work. If fact, due to her attentiveness during the training, her skills, and her enthusiasm, she was offered a position as a support worker at Sundale’s Bindaree Lodge in Boyne Island.
“It’s been a fantastic journey but to find work so quickly has been a blessing,” she said. “I would never of dreamed that doing the Certificate III in Induvial Support could instantly turn around and help me to secure work.
“I would recommend the course to anyone that wants to make a difference in the community.”