Quality Lifestyle Alliance (QLA) will celebrate the graduation of eight staff with a Certificate IV in Disabilities at a special lunch at Yabbi’s Restaurant, Cotton Tree on Thursday 17th July.
QLA, a Sunshine Coast charity providing in-home support for people with disabilities for over two decades, is proud to acknowledge the achievement of the graduates who have been juggling work and study over the past twelve months.
QLA Manager, Kym Chomley said the organisation has a team of 55 Home Care employees and were committed to assisting with education and training to provide their clients with the best possible care.
“Some of these workers had not done any formal study for more than 20 years so it is great to see them achieve their goals,” Kym said.
The staff adapted the course, delivered through Endeavor Business College to incorporate QLA’s policies and procedures into the Certificate IV in Disabilities.
Kym said all Home Care employees who had been employed by QLA for over a year were offered the opportunity to undertake a Certificate IV in Disability Work, with half the course costs paid by the organisation.
“We recognise what a big commitment it is for people to juggle work, family commitments and study for the 12 months it takes to complete the course, so we are all very proud of their achievement.”
Kym said there was a national shortage of aged care and disability care workers, with 13,000 disability workers currently employed in Queensland.
“By 2020 it is estimated that 26,000 workers will be needed, so it is important that all organisations in the sector do their bit to up skill workers.”
“Having a nationally recognised qualification also means workers get paid more for what they do.”
Quality Lifestyle Alliance (QLA) is a fully accredited not-for-profit organisation which was founded 21 years ago when two people with a disability and their families recognised a need for a service to support people like them to get the care and support they needed.
The organization was the first of its kind to service the Sunshine Coast region and provides in-home support for people with a disability across the Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas. QLA provides a personalised service giving the client a say in the management of their care, which ensures the best possible lifestyle for clients and maximum independence.