Traditionally in the community services sector not every role has required a qualification. This means many workers have been able get a ‘start’ in the sector and decide whether they like the work before moving on to further study.
Scenarios like these however are becoming increasingly rare, with government departments demanding qualifications as a pre-requisite to employment. Many employers are also looking for specific qualifications in their new staff.
There are plenty of other benefits that come with studying for a qualification. Students gain a stronger understanding of their work in a current context, they learn the latest skills, and get the chance to network with others working in similar roles.
Each year the National Centre for Vocational Education and Training reports on the experience of students who have undertaken a qualification. The 2018 student survey shows that:
- 59% of students improved their employment status after training.
- 4% of those not employed before training were employed after training.
- 6% of those employed before training were employed at a higher skill level after training.
Job related benefits experienced by students included an increase in earnings, a promotion or increased status and the ability to change their job if they desired.
In addition, 91 per cent of students indicated that they would recommend their training, and 89.6 per cent would recommend their training provider. This shows that there is a high level of satisfaction with the process and results of achieving a qualification.
However gaining a qualification can be expensive in terms of money and time. For those who have been working in the sector for a while it may also seem like their existing experience is not recognised and they have to spend time learning things they already know. For many, obtaining a qualification may seem too hard.
However, at CCWT we tailor your qualification program to suit you:
- You can start whenever you like and take the time that you need to complete it.
- You can take a break from study if you need to.
- We offer recognition of prior learning (RPL) as part of every assessment, which can reduce your assessment load.
- CCWT uses a unique RPL workshop approach when seeking recognition for existing skills for whole qualifications.
- You have choice around the electives units that you decide to complete.
- You have a Learning Partner to support you through the process.
CCWT offers qualifications in community services, child youth and family intervention and leadership and management. Visit our website for more information.
 www.ncver.edu.au/research-and-statistics/data/infographics/vet-graduate-outcomes-2018-infographic (accessed Jan 18, 2019)