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Labor pledges $6m for disability sector traineeships

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Labor has announced it would spend $6 million in funding over five years to create school-based traineeships in the disability sector.

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The program would include hosting payments of up to $5000 for each of the 1000 Year 10 students that would benefit from the scheme.

Students would receive mentoring, a work placement and a Certificate III qualification in disability care at the completion of the traineeship.

Education Minister Susan Close said the election promise sat alongside other Labor education pledges including state-funded laptops and increased broadband speeds.

“With 6000 jobs expected to result from the roll out of the NDIS, we are equipping our students with the tools, skills and experience to forge rewarding careers in this fast growing sector,” she said.

A further $1 million would be invested over four years in he training of Auslan interpreters, including flexible support to upskill existing Auslan users and to train new interpreters.

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