People become disconnected from work and community for many reasons, such as time spent caring for young children, poor health or disability. Whatever the reason for this disconnection, the return to the workforce can be both daunting and challenging.
Baptist Care SA’s Building Business and People (BBP) program supports participants to gain work by acquiring pre-employment skills and completing accredited units of training.
This year, a total of 50 people will graduate from the program. To date 68% have secured traineeships and/or employment and 10% are undertaking further studies.
Employers from the Aged, Disability and Community care sectors were invited to our most recent graduation, leading to many students, such as Michael and Marie*, securing paid employment.
The BBP team’s collaboration with MEGT Australia and the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) has also been fruitful.
Michael was finding his relocation from interstate tough. Eager to find work in business administration, Michael was thrilled to secure a traineeship at Flinders Hospital – his first full-time job!
Debra, a single parent supporting her children and her ageing mother, was keen to return to work to be a role model to her children and create a better future for her family. By reaching out to employers at the BPP graduation, Debra gained casual work in the disability sector, and is now completing her Certificate III in Disability.
Many program graduates have created a Facebook group where they continue to support each other in their study and job-seeking journeys.
Well done to all our BBP graduates, whose hard work, determination and courage has helped them to create a brighter future for themselves and their loved ones.
*not her real name