Flexible training options help parents get back into work

Tiara Parents with a disability, injury or health condition are benefiting from training programs that give them the right skills to get a job.

CRS Australia has partnered with training organisations to offer flexible and beneficial training programs. In the Liverpool and Fairfield areas in NSW, courses include business, hospitality and child services. Participants receive a Certificate II or III upon graduating.

Regional Manager, CRS Australia Liverpool Shire, Alicia, said, 'To support these parents back to work - and some of them haven't worked for many years - we offer flexible training programs that work around things like child care responsibilities.

'There's no classes during school holidays, we offer face-to-face and self-paced training and, training material is supplied free of charge.

'We can also tailor programs to suit the language, literacy and education levels of the group,' she said.

The flexible training courses allow parents to engage in study and take the steps they need to reach their career goal.

I love being back at school. I'm really enjoying building up my skills and the course should expand my job options when I'm ready to go back to work.'
Tiara, student and job seeker

For many parents completing a training program will build relevant skills to help them increase their job opportunities.

Tiara, a young single mother with three children aged six and under, is a student in the Business Administration course. She has suffered from anxiety and depression, but said, 'I had to pick myself up and get on with things for the sake of my children.'

Her career background is in hospitality management. Yet the shift work and hours were not ideal for a young family, so Tiara decided to re-train in business administration to help her find a stable office job with 9 - 5 working hours.

She said, 'I love being back at school. I'm really enjoying building up my skills in Excel, letter writing, formatting, and things like that. The course should expand my job options when I'm ready to go back to work.

'There’s a great atmosphere in the course and I love getting out of the house and putting my mind to something I wouldn't have normally done,' said Tiara.

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