Through our VCOSS-RMIT partnership and supported by the Victorian Government, the Future Social Service Institute offers the Certificate III in Individual Support in a unique format. We offer eligible students the following benefits:
- Specialisations in Disability and Ageing
- Industry input – Specialist content provided by Women with Disabilities Victoria, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and experts by experience.
- Personalised education and training to develop work practices for better client outcomes.
- Workshops held 2 days a week for 12 months at RMIT’s Melbourne CBD campus.
- Support to complete 150 hours of work placement, gaining hands-on experience at leading social service organisations.
Fee-free in 2019
From January 2019, the Victorian Government will cover course tuition fees for students who are eligible for Victorian Government-subsidised training and are enrolled in government-designated priority TAFE courses. The Certificate III in Individual Support is one of these courses.
Free TAFE for priority courses will reduce the financial barrier for those wanting to train in courses that lead to priority occupations – those in demand from employers in the Victorian economy.
You may be eligible if you are living in Victoria and are under 20 years of age or if you are enrolling in a course at a higher level than any you have completed before.
If you are eligible, you can access this initiative only once, even if you do not finish your tuition-free-free priority course. So, it is important that you consider your training choice carefully. The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will cover the tuition fees for the duration of your course. You’ll still need to pay for other fees, such as student services fees and materials fees.
To be eligible, you must meet the Victorian State Government eligibility criteria, which includes location, citizenship, age and education history. You can also read more about this initiative on the RMIT website.
About the course
The disability and aged care sectors are among Australia’s fastest growing industries. The Certificate III in Individual Support (specialising in Disability and Ageing) sets you up to work in roles including:
- Disability Support Officer
- Aged Care Worker
- Personal Care Assistant
- Home Care Worker
- School Support Officer (Disability)
- Family Support Worker
- Accommodation Support Worker
- Community House Worker
FSSI encourages the following eligible students to apply:
- Young people
- People looking to change careers
- People from a culturally or linguistically diverse background
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- People with disability.
RMIT University offers you the chance to move from one program to another through the Pathways program.
What you do now through a Cert III scholarship can be used toward another program of study with RMIT in the future. This may reduce the duration of your program and save you money.
For example, completing a Cert III could support you to move into a Certificate IV, or Diploma in Disability Studies, Community Sector Management or Nursing, and then even towards an undergraduate degree.
Help shape the future
During and after your study RMIT researchers will ask you about your experiences. Your feedback will help us to plan new and better programs and develop the social service workforce. See what our 2017 participants had to say.
“This journey has enriched, challenged and opened new doors for my second career, which I may never have pursued had I not chanced upon this scholarship.”
– 2017 Scholarship Student
Or for more information 2019 contact:
VE Program Manager
Future Social Service Institute