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Work and training

Having a job you enjoy – developing your skills, expanding your circle of friendships, and making valued contributions in the community – is an important element in having a good life.

The Disability Services Commission’s Local Coordination program supports people with disability throughout the state, providing advocacy, information and planning support.

Pathways to employment

Apprenticeships and traineeships 
Apprenticeships open up opportunities in the traditional areas as well as emerging business and industry sectors.

Employment
There are different pathways to employment and there are agencies throughout the State to help people with disability find suitable work – work that might also provide on-the-job support and training. For some, a combination of work and other activities may be useful.

Training
Attending training courses is a good way to improve existing skills or develop new ones. This may also help increase your ‘employability’ as well as expanding your involvement in the community.  

Volunteering
Becoming a volunteer can provide a way to contribute to the community as well as gaining experience that may lead to paid employment. 

Apprenticeships and traineeships

Combining training and employment that leads to a nationally recognised qualification, Australian Apprenticeships services are available to school leavers, anyone of working age, people re-entering the workforce or changing careers.

There are no entry qualifications.

Australian Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are available nation-wide, in a variety of certificate levels in more than 500 occupations in traditional trade areas, as well as a range of emerging careers in most sectors of business and industry.

This Australian Government website provides information on apprenticeships and traineeships, combining time at work with training that can be full-time, part-time or school-based.

Apprenticeship Office
The Department of Training and Workforce Development's Apprenticeship Office registers and administers training contracts and regulates the apprenticeship system in Western Australia, in accordance with Part 7 of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 and the associated Regulations.

You can contact the Apprenticeship Office by:
Phone: 13 19 54 (for callers outside Western Australia, please call 08 6551 5499) or
Email: apprenticeshipoffice@dtwd.wa.gov.au

Financial assistance

Concessions WA
Information on Government of Western Australia concessions including employment and transport.

Employment

Employment assistance

Disability Employment Services
Disability Employment Services provides employment assistance for job seekers who access tailored services that are flexible and responsive to both their needs and those of employers.

Australian Disability Enterprises
These commercial businesses employ people with disability in a variety of work tasks including packaging, assembly, production, screen printing, plant nursery, garden maintenance and landscaping, cleaning services, and food services.

Financial assistance

Concessions WA
Information on Government of Western Australia concessions including employment and transport.

Training

Training courses can help develop your skills and strengths, build on your experience and help open up opportunities for employment. Disability sector organisations also provide personalised activities that develop life skills and encourage greater community participation.

Training WA
This website provides information on state-wide training options—regardless of people’s ages, experience or level of education—to help develop careers, skills and opportunities.

The website also provides information on courses provided by State Training Providers at various organisations including those previously known as TAFE centres.

Financial assistance

Concessions WA
Information on Government of Western Australia concessions including employment and transport.

Volunteering

Being involved in community activities – having fun while supporting worthwhile causes – are some of the reasons people decide to become volunteers. Volunteering can also provide additional learning and training opportunities.

Agencies that can assist

Volunteering WA
This organisation aims to build strong communities by providing opportunities for people to make connections and contributions.

Government of Western Australia
This website provides information on volunteering in areas that include cadets, fisheries, parks and gardens. Just type in the word "volunteer" to see your options.

Financial considerations

Centrelink pension or payment
If you are receiving a Centrelink payment you may be able to become a volunteer while still being eligible for support.