The Illawarra Forum is the peak body working for community services and organisations in the Illawarra and the Shoalhaven. It supports community organisations, promotes expertise and innovation, fosters industry development and pursues social justice in the region. Its membership consists of organisations and individuals that provide community services.

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Workforce Planning

January 9, 2018

Wednesday 14 February 2018 9.30am to 4pm, Illawarra Forum, 106B Industrial Road, Oak Flats Members $180, Non Members $280 Workforce challenges are a high priority for disability and aged care services. How do you get the right staff for the right job and retain them in the future? Move beyond band aid solutions for recruitment and retention with Workforce Planning. At the end of the training you will: • Identify the benefits of Workforce Planning for your organisation • Understand the process and resources needed for successful Workforce Planning • Learn how to integrate Workforce Planning into your organisations strategic and business planning • Develop skills to design and implement a Workforce Plan Click here for the full flyer.    

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Recruitment Strategies in the Aged and Disability sector

January 9, 2018

Increased competition for care workers in the aged and disability sector has led employers to look for creative strategies to hire the right person for the job. Traditional methods of recruitment are no longer returning the results needed. Here are some approaches for broadening your recruitment strategies to access a more comprehensive talent pool. University students – Both the aged and disability services are experiencing an aging workforce and are looking for a diverse workforce to match their client’s needs. Part time and casual employment suits many university student timetables. Students studying nursing, social work and psychology may have an interest in working in the industry prior to graduation but don’t limit yourself to those areas as many other students may have the skills and attributes you are looking for. Click here to access the UOW 2018 Employer Guide. For more comprehensive information, please click here. High School Students – […]

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Upcoming Training & Events

Community Care Collective Meeting

07/02/2018
Community Care Collective Meeting to be held at Heininger Hall (Heininger St) - Ribbonwood Centre, Dapto. Car Park for Heininger Hall is off Heininger St (enter from Fowlers Rd) Click here for the Agenda CATERING: Morning tea will be provided. Please advise us at time of booking of any specific dietary requirements. TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: Please advise us at time of booking if you have any specific training needs e.g. for visual, hearing or mobility impairments.           
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Workforce Planning - Are You Ready?

14/02/2018
Workforce challenges are a high priority for disability and aged care services. How do you get the right staff for the right job and retain them in the future? Move beyond band aid solutions for recruitment and retention with   Workforce Planning. A practical workshop for Managers, CEOs, Board Members and Human Resource Managers. At the end of this workshop you will          Identify the benefits of Workforce Planning for your organisation          Understand the process and resources needed for successful Workforce Planning          Learn how to integrate Workforce Planning into your organisation's strategic and business planning          Develop skills to design and implement a Workforce Plan Your facilitator will be Alex Carbonetti. Her mission is to work with organisations to align quality business systems and workforce development systems to achieve the organisation’s strategic and business goals in a rapidly changing sector. For a printable flyer click here. Over the last four years Alex has delivered Workforce Planning Training to managers in the disability and health sectors across a number of states. As a result of these programs she has seen common trends across the sector and built an understanding of the challenges faced by organisations undergoing profound change. Alex has worked in the disability sector for the last 15 years with a strong background in management, organisational and workforce development. She has worked in service organisations and registered training organisations and has continued as a consultant to assist clients review business systems and align workforce plans to strategic goals. Morning tea, afternoon tea and a light lunch will be provided. Please advise us at time of booking of any specific dietary requirements. CAN’T MAKE IT? If you are unable to attend your nominated course a substitute for your place is welcome to attend. The full training fee will be charged if you or someone in your place does not attend the session and we have not been given notice as specified below. REFUNDS: If the registered participant is unable to attend a minimum of 3 days’ notice is required to receive a full refund. If the registered participant provides less than 3 days’ notice a refund of 50% of course cost will be refunded. If the course is cancelled, a full refund will be paid in full. CATERING: Please advise us at time of booking of any specific dietary requirements. TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: Please advise us at time of booking if you have any specific training needs e.g. for visual, hearing or mobility impairments. DON'T HAVE A CREDIT CARD? Use the Promotional Code INVOICEME for Bank Transfer payment.            
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