With the COVID-19 pandemic increasing the need for mental health support in community services and the care sector, the State Government is making the Integrating Mental Health Practice Job Ready Skill Set course fee-free for all* students. The change, made in response to industry demand, will encourage workers who come under a non-concession category to access the training fee-free. The skill set, which consists of selected nationally accredited units focusing on mental health support, is designed to build the capacity of workforces to support clients with mental health and/or alcohol and other drugs conditions to provide support for vulnerable Western Australians. It teaches about responding to crisis situations, managing personal stress in the workplace and working with people from diverse backgrounds.
The course will be free for all students, including existing workers looking to upskill.
Completion of the units in the skill set may lead to further training opportunities in alcohol and other drugs; community services; disability; mental health; and youth work qualifications for those who are interested in further developing their skills in mental health support.
The Integrating Mental Health Practice skill set was previously course fee-free for youth under 25, jobseekers and concession students, but attracted a regulated fee for non-concession students. Under the new fee-free structure, non-concession students, including people aged 25 and over and existing workers, can save up to just under $430 in course fees.
The Department of Health and the Mental Health Commission are seeing a significant increase in the number of clients presenting with mental health and/or alcohol and other drugs conditions, particularly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Industry feedback estimates up to 3,000 people could complete the skill set across WA if all frontline and essential workers working directly with mental health and/or alcohol and other drugs conditions clients choose to undertake the training.
You can also contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64 for further information or free advice about training options.
Announcing the free training today, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said “Training is an important part of our Government’s response to the pandemic and the upskilling of Western Australia’s workforce. By making the Integrating Mental Health Practice Skill Set course fee-free we are supporting Western Australia’s community services and care sector, as well as a range of other workforces that come into contact with clients who need this kind of assistance. Employees with well-developed soft skills and the capacity to provide person-centred, recovery-focused care are valued by the community mental health sector.”
*Some eligibility criteria apply, see website for details.