The Dignified Movement was having difficulty finding qualified and well-trained staff for their in-home care services.
TAFE Queensland training was recommended by an employee, and a strong and rewarding partnership began and continues.
The Dignified Movement’s Managing Director, Janette Salmi was experiencing difficulty finding suitably qualified staff for their Home Care services, until one of their Support Managers recommended the training provided by TAFE.
“She said the best carers seem to come from TAFE. I called the first TAFE Queensland number that I could find online and asked to speak with someone about finding good staff,” Ms Salmi explained.
TAFE Queensland Employment Officer David Bott subsequently contacted Ms Salmi.
“I then unleashed the WHOLE vision for our business on him. David became our first point of contact for an extended season,” Ms Salmi explained.
“We have used TAFE for staff short courses and we currently have a number of trainees enrolled with TAFE Queensland. "
“When it comes to recruiting, I will often reach out to David, especially when searching to fill a specific role in our company, or if we are hiring entire teams,” said Ms Salmi.
TAFE Queensland works with The Dignified Movement to provide a pipeline of job-ready staff, short course education, and Certificate III qualifications in Aged Care, Individual Support or Disability Care.
To date The Dignified Movement has employed more than ten TAFE Queensland nursing students in Disability Support Worker roles.
TAFE Queensland has also re-skilled students who have come from previous industries and employment backgrounds, who have had to ‘pivot’ due to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting their livelihoods.
While many operators in the caring industry will be altering their practices due to industry disruption and Covid-19, Ms Salmi said the Dignified Movement’s operations remain focussed on each individual client, “Ensuring the dignity of those we care for is, and has always been, at the very heart of our vision. I am very proud of our experienced team of qualified in-home care providers – they’re exceptionally enthusiastic and passionate.”
As for the future, TAFE Queensland will continue to train, and add to, The Dignified Movement’s support worker team, for which Ms Salmi is incredibly positive (about).
“I highly value our relationship with TAFE Queensland and hope to continue in the same vein for as long as possible.
“TAFE Queensland students recommended to us tend to have a workable knowledge base and the motivation to continue learning,” Ms Salmi said.