There is a lot of talk in the disability sector about the disruption caused by the rollout of the NDIS.
Service providers are concerned about their capacity to continue providing services under the current price structure, according to an article in The Guardian last week, with some service providers warning that they may have to shut down if the scheme’s pricing levels do not change.
The scheme is also having a massive impact on the workforce in the sector with the Productivity Commission estimating that one in five new jobs created in Australia in the next few years will be in the disability sector. However, in June Pro Bono Australia quoted National Disability Services CEO Ken Baker, who said that service providers were also concerned that they would be “forced” to employ less skilled and experienced staff and lower their supervision ratios as a result of the tight administration budget the current price structure is creating.
Services must find a way to operate within the confines of NDIS pricing if they are to remain viable under the scheme, with one of the biggest challenges being how best to develop the capabilities of their workforce while adapting to the new market-style environment and staying ahead of the disruption curve.
Talking about the negative ‘disruption’ that the NDIS is creating may, in fact, be a self-fulfilling prophecy creating more negativity each time it is mentioned. A more constructive way forward may be to accept that this is the new normal and look to a more positive space like the new innovations and technologies that are emerging and will assist in making this ‘new normal’ more comfortable.
We are a new eLearning business that wants to work with disability service providers to assist in making this environment a more comfortable space for everyone. We specialise in mobile-ready, just-in-time refresher training that complements the standard industry certificate IIIs and IVs, ensuring the support workers are work ready at all times.
Co-founder Cath Ellis is an awarded winning eLearning designer and adult education specialist, who has designed the Empowability modules with the NDIS environment in mind. Knowing the real cost of traditional training delivery Cath is confident that Empowability offers a genuine way for service providers to meet their training and budget targets.
We embrace the 5 Future Trends of Learning and Development, so our courses are not the boring eLearning that we all know and dislike.
Sometimes, the best way to get some serious learner engagement is to add a little gaming element. Empowability awards badges when a user reaches a milestone for a specific action, for example, logging in, chatting on the forums or completing courses. The gamification engine ensures that the difficulty in acquiring badges increases incrementally as the learner advances in his training. Leaderboards display a ranking of the top 6 learners in the portal in terms of badges and courses completed.
Each of Empowability’s courses has a dedicated discussion board to allow learning to continue after the course has been completed. This is done through asking questions, posing problems and talking issues through with peers.
By delivering short, fast, searchable learning moments that take between five and 10 minutes to complete, Empowability ensures that the learners can get the information they need, when they need it, without having to be taken out of service delivery shifts to attend training sessions.
The disability workforce often work in a community-based decentralised model of care, which means they are not in an office environment and do not have ready access to a desktop PCs to complete online training. However, most people today carry a smartphone with them that is perfect for accessing mobile ready eLearning. Empowability’s eLearning modules are fully responsive so work beautifully on all platforms.
Support workers can be allocated courses that relate directly to the requirements of the people they are supporting, providing them with a personalised training program.
If you fancy a chat about how we can help you to continue developing your support workers and stay within the tight confines of the NDIS price structure, reach out and see how we can help.