Long Term Unemployment Conference endorsed for CPD by ACWA
The Australian Community Workers Association has endorsed the Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference being held on the 18th & 19th fo August 2014, on the Gold Coast Queensland. The Conference will provide a platform for a broad range of issues and groups, well beyond those associated with physical or mental health and will focus on the at-risk groups: Mature Age, Youth, Indigenous, Disability and Regional.
These groups are the most vulnerable to economic change. They continue to have lower employment participation rates than what is needed to guard against poverty and disadvantage. The impact on individuals and families, society and the economy of long-term unemployment is immense. Many of these at risk groups experience multiple or severe barriers to work. These challenges are compounded by mental health issues, homelessness, family break down, and isolation. Early intervention and targeted programs for those facing more than 12 months, or longer, of unemployment are needed.
The conference will explore the links between long-term unemployment for economic and social outcomes and will focus on the following areas:
- Employment trends and outlook, Australia and overseas
- Disability employment programs
- Youth employment programs
- Mature age employment programs
- Indigenous employment programs
- Regional, remote and rural employment programs
- Culturally and language diverse employment program
- Mental health and health issues relating to long term unemployment
- Training, Apprenticeship, Vocational skills and employability
- Policy, guidelines, legislation and service delivery for long term unemployed
For further details and to register please visit http://longtermunemployment.org.au
CPD by the Australian Community Workers Association
With the rapid advances and changes that occur in community services, continuing professional development (CPD) is an essential part of a community work practitioner’s career development. Continuing professional education is a requirement for ACWA members, as it is for most people who belong to a professional association, and is a way in which the public can be assured a practitioner’s professionalism and skill.