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KCLC courses to boost skills

6 month short courses popular

July 9, 2014 3:20am

KCLC Chief Executive Leah McNulty is excited to present the new course training program for third term.

Changes to the community welfare system are going to have a negative affect on Kyabram residents according to KCLC Chief Executive Leah McNulty.

Mrs McNulty said with changes to welfare being introduced in the next 12 months many residents were going to be hit hard and that the KCLC would be working to ensure it could manage this difficult time.

‘‘Changes to the community welfare system and the payments people will or will not be receiving for a period of time is going to really challenge our community and make things difficult,’’ Mrs McNulty said.

‘‘We want to help people with these challenges, especially those under 30. We have a section of our community here in Kyabram that live on or below the poverty line and are socially and economically disadvantaged, so we need to make sure they are supported properly during the next 12 months while this all gets sorted out.’’

Mrs McNulty said changes to welfare meant more people would be seeking employment opportunities, which is why the KCLC third term six-month short courses were an important avenue for residents to gain training and qualifications.

Mrs McNulty said Certificates in Training and Assessment were fast becoming the most popular of the short courses and was encouraging of the community to benefit from the widely applicable skill set it teached.

‘‘It qualifies you to deliver training and assessment and would allow you to work for a TAFE or similar organisation as well as companies that provide their own in house training,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s one of the more practical areas of training because people are always looking for opportunities to develop in their careers and it’s very useful as an employee to be able to say ‘I can train somebody’. It makes people very employable.’’

An ageing population was also identified by Mrs McNulty as a booming area for employment, highlighting the growing students in the centres aged care and disability programs.

‘‘We currently have the new BUPA facility in Echuca with it’s 120 beds looking for staff, the Echuca community for the aged looking for people, the hospital here in town is growing as well as Warramunda Village and Warramunda Apartments,’’ she said.

‘‘These are all providing opportunities for employment and with the national disability insurance scheme rolling out in the area by 2016, we expect it to open the market for people.’’

Courses catering for growing local job markets is identified by Mrs McNulty as being an important aspect of KCLC’s programs and one that she wished to continue growing during her time as chief executive.

‘‘We deliver really good-quality training in Kyabram and have been doing it for a very long time,’’ she said.

‘‘My main focus is to make sure that we keep the needs of the community in mind, because that is why this place was created to begin with. It has developed so well because it reflects what the community is looking for, so I want to continue developing so we can uphold that.’’

Anyone wishing to enrol in KCLC courses can visit: or phone: 58520000.

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