Support workers Getting Ready with new tools

A new Gillard Government program launched today helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support workers to hit the ground running when they start a training and assessment qualification.

Parliamentary Secretary for Skills, Sharon Bird, today congratulated TwoWay Talk on the launch of the ‘Getting Ready’ program, a bridging course that prepares students to study for their Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

The Getting Ready program resources, launched at the annual Jobs Australia conference by CEO David Thompson AM, were developed for TAFEs, Aboriginal and other training organisations with funding of $378,000 from the Australian Government.

“The Gillard Government is targeting foundation skills on a number of fronts to give all Australians the opportunity to advance their careers and open doors to higher wages and greater productivity,” Ms Bird said.

After completing the eight day Getting Ready program, participants will be familiar with the Certificate IV reading materials, understand the language that trainers use, such as training-related terms and definitions, and will have a good idea of how to tackle assessment tasks.

“Language barriers can make training tougher, and we are setting students up with the skills they need to complete their training successfully and go on to bigger and better things.

“The qualification these students will achieve will see them giving back to the vocational education system.

“Getting Ready graduates will be able to train others and give them the same opportunity to advance their careers.”

Getting Ready was made possible with funding from the Australian Government through the Resource and Strategic Projects element of the Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) Program.

More information about the WELL Program and Resource and Strategic projects can be found at www.innovation.gov.au/well