A charity empowering and supporting women is seeking at least 15 students to commence a free aged care course at Victoria University’s Footscray campus.
Women CAN Australia, a charity that links women to vocational training, is supporting women who are interested in obtaining their certificate III in individual support.
Its Placement Circle program helps mature-aged students overcome barriers to finding meaningful jobs and financial independence.
Case manager Indira Burekovic last week visited Footscray to promote the program, which was piloted in Dandenong last year.
“We need about 20 women to join the program so we have to spread our wings and really promote, so this is what we’re doing for the next two weeks,“ she said.
“We have a peer support group so we support them throughout the whole course, assisting them.“
Ms Burekovic said the Dandenong pilot had resulted in women who experienced disadvantage being supported to enter the workforce.
“They needed someone to lift them daily because they came from family violence and stress and anxiety and depression,“ she said.
“I was able to connect with them daily and just push them through and they’ve come so far, so that was a great achievement.
“We’re hoping that these women from Footscray will get the same benefit.“
The nine-month course, scheduled to start in February, is three days a week including one day on campus, two days online and workplace placement.
Participants may also access mentoring from community service organisations, referrals to support services, social activities and closed Facebook pages.