ThinkSupport Campaign to attract younger workers to WA’s disability sector commences
The Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC Minister for Disability Services has launched a campaign to attract younger people to pursue careers in the disability sector.
'Disability Support Work is More Than You Think' is an exciting campaign designed to attract a pipeline of young people aged 16 to 25, to disability support jobs and careers.
NDS State Manager, Julie Waylen said "With a quarter of people with an NDIS plan under 25 years of age, NDS is excited to launch this campaign which will ensure the disability sector can continue to provide high-quality services for people with disability."
The ThinkSupport campaign, funded by the Department of Communities, will feature advertising on billboards, bus backs and state-wide social media channels and direct job seekers to the ThinkSupport website. Through the website, young people can access information about training, the range of roles and career pathways in the sector, the characteristics that disability sector employers are seeking in their employees and much more.
The first phase of the media campaign features two young support workers and the people with disability they support, one person visiting the cinema and the other sharing a walk and pub lunch. Phase two of the campaign will run across March and April 2021.
Minister Dawson said "Attracting new workers to the disability sector is a key part of the State Government's forward planning and preparations to meet the workforce needs of the NDIS in Western Australia.
"With around a quarter of all people with disability in WA aged 25 years and under, it’s important that we increase the number of workers in the sector who are closer to their age.
"Supporting people with disability is a great career choice for young people who want to make a difference in the lives of others and give back to their community.
"Disability support jobs offer enjoyment and personal reward along with ongoing training and development opportunities."
Our thanks are extended to the project's Steering Committee which comprised representatives from Activ, Avivo, the Department of Communities, Uniting WA, Youth Advisory Council WA and the Youth Disability Advocacy Network.
Please help to spread the message by liking our Facebook posts @ThinkSupport, following us on Instagram Think_Support and promoting the website through your networks.