Recognising the skills of our Carers
17 Northern Territory carers were able to mark National Carers Week at a very special event this year as the first Territory graduates in the Certificate III in Individual Support.
The formal recognition of skills enables carers to participate in paid work if they choose to do so. Carers in the Territory now have a more sustainable future.
The graduation ceremony was held at the Darwin Sailing Club where the Carers NT Patron, the Honourable John Hardy OAM, Administrator of the Northern Territory, presented the recipients with their well earned qualifications.
Carers NT Chief Executive Officer Steve Vitone said that understanding the challenges of being a carer including the impact it may have on employment and work experiences is an important aspect of Carers NT’s support services.
"Due to the advent of the Carers NT Group Recognition Project carers across the Territory had minimal opportunity to explore and have their skills and knowledge gained as unpaid carers formally recognised,” he said.
“Carers NT has collaborated with other organisations such as Crest through this program to empower unpaid and unrecognised carers in the Northern Territory. “
The Certificate course is the first of its kind in Australia to be delivered in Darwin, the program has been developed to assist carers to gain a qualification that will prepare them to gain employment or to advance them in their current employment.
Funded by the Northern Territory Government and Human Service Training Advisory Council through the Labour Marketing Training Program, the qualification uses both recognition and a gap fill training methodology.
“The formal recognition of skills enables carers to participate in paid work if they choose to do so. Carers in the Territory now have a more sustainable future.,” said Mr Vitone.
“This ceremony marked a major milestone in recognising the vital skills carers deliver in our community. And what a wonderful place to hold it, the participants were not only awarded with their certificates but also a magnificent sunset, everybody had lovely evening.”