THE certificate and diploma of disability courses has become the most popular in NSW following legislation for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The Australian Academy of Management and Science in Quakers Hill is the only one in NSW offering the popular courses and already has about 100 students.
AAMS CEO Moninder Singh said the course’s popularity was due to the proposed introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the rising population of retirees and childcare demands.
‘‘We have doubled our teaching and support staff to about 10 full-time and casual positions to meet demand for this and other courses in the academy,’’ Dr Singh said.
‘‘Most of our students get job offers before completing the courses and some are paid to do the courses by their employers.’’
Dr Singh said many were already working part-time in aged care, disability and community sector.
The Certificate III in Disability course is for 48 weeks and the Diploma of Disability for 98 weeks.
Rommel Bermudo, Herbie Silla and Erna Fider from the Philippines are three final-year Diploma of Disability students.
Mr Bermudo, 39, works in a nursing home in Petersham while Mr Silla, 27, works in a Brighton-le-Sands nursing home while Ms Fider, 40, has a job in a childcare centre in Doonside.
They said the course would help them to gain promotion and obtain sponsorship.
‘‘We picked the course because the National Disability Insurance Scheme is creating a big demand for qualified disability workers,’’ Mr Bermudo said.
‘‘We also want to learn to take proper care of elderly people and those with disability.’’
Principal Glen Coates said the students would learn the theory and practise of disability through simulated training and practical work.
For more information visit www.aamsaustralia.com.au or phone 98374213.