The Heart of It … How genU Training Helped Launch Lisa’s Dream… When Lisa decided to go back to study last year and enroll in a Certificate IV in Disability with genU Training, she said the timing was right for her. Her children were teenagers and she was keen to retrain, and get up-to-date with current frameworks.
“I had done all my training with Karingal (now genU) and I never wanted to use another provider. I didn’t look at anyone else because I knew the outcomes were good and I knew they were supportive.” www.genutraining.org.au
Lisa said that the support of her trainer gave her a solid foundation to build from. The course was also immediately accessible to her with flexible study hours and inexpensive enrollment fees.
“I’m really supportive of genU. I can’t thank them enough for, I suppose, just believing in me as a student and looking at my vision and goals and supporting me.”
Having graduated late last year, Lisa has wasted no time using the skills and knowledge she learnt in her course in starting her own business, Heart 2 Heart Community Respite Carer Service
Now, on any given day, Lisa could be taking clients with a disability on either a roller coaster ride, through a ropes obstacle course or just to a weekly bowling night – no two days are the same.
Lisa says there is an emphasis on “quality over quantity”, with all activities resulting in skills building for clients. All activities are focused on being fully inclusive, and are tailored to client’s needs.
She credits the strong foundation of the genU Training course, as well as the support she received throughout it, as equipping her to launch it. The course was a combination of real life application of skills, as well as classroom based learning, which she felt readied her for the workplace on completion.
“I always had this dream to set up my own business and put back into the community.”
And when it’s come to hiring others, she has already employed four fellow genU classmates to assist in her growing business.
Her success has been recognised with Lisa being named as one of three finalists for the Victorian Vocational Student of the Year, to which she says she is humbled.
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