The Department of Communities and Justice had partnered with the University of Wollongong and TAFE NSW to host an employment expo to support pathways to careers as caseworkers and promote the DCJ as an employer of choice.
To be held at the Bega Civic Centre today (May 19), from 1.45pm – 4pm the event will boast a suite of information and resources, as well as present case studies that demonstrate the value caseworkers bring to their community.
DCJ Southern NSW Director of Community Services, Anna Marshall, said the department provided a supportive and dynamic team environment for staff, with ample opportunity for further education and career progression.
“We are inviting local community members from Bega and surrounding regions to attend to receive information about educational pathways available locally that can support those who wish to work in the community services sector,” Ms Marshall said.
“The expo will give aspiring caseworkers an opportunity to hear directly from caseworkers about the challenges and rewards of their work with children and families.
“Additionally, we are encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members to attend to help boost a team of caseworkers to best provide culturally appropriate support for Aboriginal communities.”
Pathways to a qualification through TAFE NSW and the University of Wollongong are available with advisors on site at the expo to provide course guidelines and further information.
The DCJ Southern NSW District is also developing a rural training pipeline strategy with hopes to reach high school students before they graduate through participation in career expos.
Following the presentations afternoon tea will be available and participants are encouraged to visit trade stands and talk to the experts about where a career in the community services sector could lead to.