Launch your career in the booming disability and aged care sectors
Apply for a scholarship for the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability).
Our 12-month Certificate III in Individual Support provides the entry-level qualification for those interested in working in aged care or supporting those with a disability. FSSI offers scholarships which cover fees for student services and amenities fees plus first aid qualifications and a police check.
This course will enable you to work in roles including: disability support, personal care, community access, and in-home support. It can also be a stepping stone to a career in fields such as occupational therapy or speech pathology.
‘The journey has enriched, challenged and opened new doors for my career.’
– FSSI graduate
A blended learning approach sees students learn via virtual reality modules, online training, traditional classroom teaching, and work placements over four, 10-week terms.
Topics include how to support and empower older people and those with a disability, and safe work practices.
Work placements are based at leading social service organisations in both aged care and disability.
‘The students from FSSI are really values driven and understand the importance of person-centred support.’
– Joan Cooney, Annecto (Joan has employed several FSSI graduates)
100 per cent free
Through our VCOSS-RMIT partnership and with the support of the Victorian Government, FSSI is able to offer this course free from all fees, including student service and amenity charges. The aim is to overcome barriers to study. Our course has been shaped by Experts by Experience, industry and the students themselves.
FSSI’s course is unique in offering:
• an exciting new curriculum co-designed by Experts by Experience, industry and students
• a blended learning approach that includes a range of resources for online self-paced learning, classroom training and work placement and work integrated learning.
• a program structured to enable learners to manage other commitments
• teaching staff that includes people with a disability
• additional practical work placement time (in both aged care and disability)
• free polo shirts for placements
• an iPad for use while enrolled
• waived university student services fees Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF)
• paid police check (a work requirement)
• paid HLTAID003 Provide first aid course (a work requirement)
• language and literacy support, if required
• student hardship support, if required
• peer support from social work students
• support to prepare and secure work (most of our graduates have been employed by their placement organisation)
• specialisations in Disability and Ageing
• personalised education and training that is subject to ongoing evaluation to enable continuous improvement of course content and delivery
Interested? Register to be invited to an information session.
Who is eligible for a FSSI scholarship?
Anyone who is interested in working in the social service sector. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those aged under 30, and people with a disability or from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as are older people wanting a career change. Applicants must be eligible for government-subsidised training. Use the eligibility checker to get an indication of your eligibility for government-subsidised training. This will be confirmed when you enrol.
I have a higher qualification, am I still eligible for a scholarship?
Yes, if you are eligible for subsidised training, (see above) as this is a priority program. Unlike Free TAFE, anyone can study a Certificate III with FSSI, no matter what level of education they have already achieved. The FSSI scholarship will cover your tuition /fees and Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).
How does a FSSI scholarship differ from free TAFE?
Free TAFE refers to the Victorian Government’s commitment to cover course fees for priority courses, including the Certificate III in Individual Support. However, FSSI’s scholarship also covers student amenity fees and other associated costs, ensuring the course is 100 per cent free.
Will studying at FSSI impact on my ability to claim Free TAFE elsewhere?
Yes. People can only claim Free TAFE once and a FSSI course counts towards this, so you should be clear this is the course you want to be in. Click here for details on Free TAFE.
How likely am I to get a job after completing this course?
Trained disability support workers are in great demand with a predicted skills shortage over the next few years, ensuring you are well placed to continue a long and rewarding career.
Where can I get more information?
Register below to be invited to an information session or email Vocational Education Program Manager Steve Bruechert or call him on 9925 4063.