Realistic Employment and Career Help (REACH) program with Heta

Heta is a Not-for-Profit Organisation and approved Skills for All training provider who has been delivering quality training as well as, disability employment services to South Australians for over thirty years and more recently, specialist Indigenous services. Heta is conveniently located in Adelaide City, Morphett Vale, Smithfield, Salisbury and Golden Grove.

Heta is working in partnership with Northern Futures, The City of Onkaparinga and the North East Development Agency to deliver the Realistic Employment and Career Help (REACH) program.

The REACH program is provided for people who are living in the Northern, Southern and Eastern Adelaide and Adelaide City Regions who are unemployed, under-employed or facing redundancy. It is designed to support participants in undertaking training and career development with mentoring, aimed at enhancing the participants work readiness and ability to gain employment in their local area.

Heta’s Training and Assessment Coordinator, Diane Cocks, explained that the South Australian Government has been active in supporting people living in the Northern, Southern and Eastern Adelaide Regions through its Skills for Jobs in the Regions initiative, which funds this REACH program. This is a ‘jobs-first approach’ aimed at connecting skilled, work ready jobseekers with employers and industries. People living in these regions will have the opportunity to learn new skills, or to re-skill towards new and emerging jobs in their local area.

The REACH program will be offering training in Certificate III in Aged care, Certificate III in Home and Community Care and a Retail training course which focuses on developing customer service capability. The Certificate I in Education and Skills Development is also available for those people identified as needing to improve their language, literacy, numeracy and technology skills.

Once a participant registers for the REACH program, they will receive assistance to identify appropriate career options, to learn about employment opportunities in their local area, then undertake training and work experience and receive ongoing mentoring to support them into employment.

A vital component of the program is the engagement of the participants with a mentor who is effectively a career coach, to guide them in their learning and transition to employment. Participants are supported and advised in determining their employment ambitions and in acquiring the knowledge and skills required to pursue those ambitions.

A diverse blend of job market analysis plus training in generic employability skills and relevant technical capabilities are the keys to successful outcomes.

The grantee organisations participating with Heta as mentioned above are; Northern Futures, The City of Onkaparinga and the North East Development Agency and together they provide the comprehensive industry and community networks and broad expertise that are essential for a quality REACH program.

For further information contact Heta: 08 8212 7771 or heta@heta.com.au

The Hon Kate Ellis Visits Heta

Heta was pleased to host The Hon Kate Ellis, Minister for Employment Participation on April 16th, 2013 at Heta’s Adelaide office.

Minister Ellis welcomed the opportunity to speak about the DES (Disability Employment Services) program and its importance in improving employment opportunities for people with a disability. Minister Ellis acknowledged Heta’s success in being the only provider in SA to be awarded an Indigenous speciality as part of their DES contract.

Heta staff and Indigenous participants were able to share their stories with Minister Ellis about achieving employment and the resultant increase in personal growth and development as well as confidence and self-respect.

Find Heta at the Upcoming Expos

Interested in finding more about our programs and services? Visit our interactive stall and say ‘Hi’ to our friendly staff at one of the upcoming expo’s this April!

Find us at Youth Expo 2013, St Clair Recreation Centre, 109 Woodville Rd, Woodville, on Friday April 5th, 11am – 2pm and at Autumn Trade Day –Nursery and Garden Industry South Australia, Stirling Angas Hall at Wayvill Showgrounds, on Wednesday April 17th8am – 11am.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Graduations week

Congratulations to Heta participants who have graduated with Cert II in Horticulture this week – at Blakes Crossing Dog Park Launch on Monday 25 February 2013 and at Aboriginal Garden Blitz Program on Wednesday on 27 February 2013 – great work, we are very proud of you all!

First Corporates4Communities Forum

Ten community organisations have benefited from attending the first Corporates4Communities Forum that was held around the topic of Corporate Governance at the ASC Training Centre on Monday 25 February 2013. It was great to see people share their experiences, network and exchange ideas. Not for Profit organisations are welcome to register with Corporates4Communities program or contact Heta 8212 7771 to find out more.

Blakes Crossing Dog Park Project Launch

Heta is delighted to promote the opening of the new dog park at Blakes Crossing to be held on Mon 25 February 2013. 20 of Heta participants were involved in building the dog park over the last several months all the while learning valuable skills to attain their Certificate II in Horticulture. Their achievements to date have been fantastic – 12 full certificates, 7 partial completions, 3 transfers into our training program in the city and 1 work experience! Heta team would like to take this opportunity to celebrate them!

The Blakes Crossing dog park was delivered by Lend Lease as a community training and employment project in conjunction with Heta, City of Playford, Bendigo Bank, Department of Further Education, Employment, Science & Technology and Northern Futures. The training program was designed to help Heta’s participants attain a Certificate II in Horticulture and re-enter the workforce. For referrals to Certificate II in Horticulture please contact Lana on 08 8234 2500.

Exciting New Project – The Peace Foundation Garden

18 participants have embarked on an exciting project of creating environmentally sustainable raised garden beds at the Graham F Smith Peace Foundation in North Adelaide. Participants started on 21 January 2013 and are working towards achieving their Certificate II in Horticulture.

Two days a week the participants are out on site, learning how to identify client’s needs, design the garden and draw a scale plan, research quotes for materials, test soil, propagate plants, use chipper to make mulch, install an irrigation system, look after plants. ‘Hands-on’ training is supported once a week in a classroom environment.

“Our participants are taking the ownership of the development of the garden and are embracing the opportunity to input their ideas into the project, particularly knowing they are supporting The Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation,” – says Josie Parenzee, Horticulture Trainer.

Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation works for Peace through the Arts and supports projects that promote environmental sustainability.

Please contact Heta on 08 8234 2500 if you are interested in joining the next group scheduled to start on 27 May 2013.

Fresh produce by Heta participants

A group of participants who work towards achieving their Certificate II in Horticulture grow some fantastic stuff at the local community garden! Come down to Seaford Meadows Twilight Market, Railway Rd on Fri 1 Mar, 6-9pm to support them and to buy some freshly harvested vegies, you can definitely taste the difference!

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