Developed by not-for-profit organisation Workforce Plus, The Work Plays VR launched on Tuesday for an eight month trial period with 380 young people across Victoria.
During the trial period Workforce Plus will work with disability employers and youth employment and training agencies to introduce disengaged young people to the sector through simulated work experience.
The project, part of the federal government’s Empowering Youth initiative, has been celebrated as “cutting-edge” and “innovative” by the disability and youth sectors.
National Disability Services state manager David Moody said WorkPlays VR could be a proactive way to address the future workforce demands of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
“The WorkPlays VR could be a useful mechanism to ‘ignite’ young people to consider the disability sector as a career option – this will be increasingly important when you consider that the sector has an ageing workforce and that 70,000 new jobs need be created to 2019 to support the implementation of NDIS,” Moody said.
“In addition, with client choice and control strengthened, service delivery models are changing to include younger clients exercising their right to choose careers that better reflect their own age and interests”.
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