David Williams is the Course Coordinator for the Disability program at Box Hill Institute. He has been extensively involved in developing and implementing services and initiatives in the community services sector for 20 years and he has a passion for access, inclusion and community development.
For those looking for a career in the disability sector, David said, “Ask yourself, would you like to help people with a disability and make positive changes to their lives?” David believes working in the disability sector gives people a greater level of personal satisfaction. He has seen this in over 20 years working in collaboration with committed services to support people with disability live their best life.
David has been in the education sector for the past four years and uses his industry expertise to ensure Box Hill Institute qualifications are in keeping with current practises and to create pathways to meaningful employment.
David said the Certificate IV in Disability at Box Hill Institute excels because it is informed by industry engagement, supported by a student reference group and includes opportunities to experience diverse and inclusive workplaces through supported, practical placements. David and the teaching team focus on supporting students in developing the skills and knowledge to advocate for and empower people with a disability, enhancing their ability to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance and community participation.
Students learn from experienced trainers on how to address the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of people with disabilities and take part in an extensive industry work placement.
David said, “The demand for skilled workers in all facets of community services is growing and our Certificate IV in Disability is a nationally recognised qualification, with graduates highly sought out by employers. Of Box Hill Institute’s Certificate IV in Disability students, 85% are employed before they finish the qualification.’
Box Hill Institute graduates have found employment opportunities in a range of residential and community settings working with people with disability such as advocacy services, residential services, employment services, adult day training services and peer support programs. With the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), graduates will also be able to take advantage of the increasing demand for trained disability support workers.
Apply now for your opportunity to join this growing sector.