Community Gateway endorses IWAG Workforce Charter

Community Gateway has joined a growing list of organisations lobbying for better training and opportunities for people working in the Care sector to address the workforce shortage.

The ‘Illawarra and South Coast Aged Care & Disability Services Workforce Charter’ is a major collaborative initiative aimed at raising the profile of work in the aged and disability care sectors and increasing the much-needed workforce across the Illawarra and South Coast.

Illawarra Workforce Action Group (IWAG) member and Director & State Advisory Councillor and Regional Chair for Aged and Community Services Australia, Mark Sewell, said “for the past 7 years IWAG has been pioneering a unique regional collaboration committed to advancing careers in the aged and disability sectors in the Illawarra. The focus of the group has always been on encouraging people with appropriate values and traits into the sectors, and ensuring they have access to training and qualifications to support them in their careers.

The strength of the IWAG comes from the members who have prioritised collaboration over the individual needs of their organisation”, said Craig Thomson, CEO of Community Gateway, IWAG member and representative of the Illawarra Disability Alliance. “Having representatives from the vocational education and training sector also maintains the focus on quality education and ensuring people entering the workforce are equipped to deliver the care needed by the region’s most vulnerable community members.

We hope that by combining our voice with those of many regional organisations, we can continue to build a skilled, accountable and compassionate workforce.

(left to right) Mark Sewell CEO Warrigal and Director & State Advisory Councillor and Regional Chair for Aged and Community Services Australia, Nicky Sloan CEO Community Industry Group, Craig Thomson CEO Community Gateway.

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