Directions supports The Lighthouse Project
The Lighthouse Project has provided the vehicle for a collaboration between Directions Workforce Solutions, Town of Victoria Park, My Place and other providers that have resulted in a traineeship for Jamie Joseph.
The Lighthouse Project is a partnership project between the Disability Services Commission and Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) WA to increase the employment of people with disability in local government. The project supports local government to meet their Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) obligations in relation to the employment of people with disability which is a legislative requirement that came into effect in 2015.
Jamie Joseph participated in Town of Victoria Park’s My Life My Place project and had been working with the Town of Victoria Park’s Digital Hub as a volunteer. The Hub provides free computer courses and online training for the local community, not-for-profit organisations and businesses.
During his time as a volunteer, his skills were recognised by his supervisors, Roger Meakes and Casey Chang who share the Digital Hub Manager position. Discussions started about the possibility of an IT traineeship for Jamie, championed by Jamie’s longtime mentor Janet Parker from My Place, a not-for-profit provider of individualised and flexible support to people with disability and their families.
Harry Pendergast from Directions, along with Janet (both pictured with Jamie, signing his traineeship agreement) put forward a training & mentoring plan to the Town of Victoria Park which will enable Jamie to gain a nationally accredited Certificate III in Information Technology qualification.
Once funding for the traineeship was in place Directions was able to offer the necessary ongoing traineeship support through our group training service which will provide both employer and trainee with expert help and guidance throughout the full term of the traineeship.
Directions is proud to report that Jamie commenced his traineeship in July and is already stuck into the TAFE modules being delivered in the workplace.
Town of Victoria Park hopes this success will create more training opportunities at other local councils.