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Sol Borda, a former ECCQ Bright Future participant

ECCQ’s Bright Future Project delivers Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) to CALD community members. The program consists of class training, practical workshops and on the job training with local employers. ECCQ also provides support to find employment.

Sol Borda, a former participants shares her story:

”I was born in Buenos Aires, my family and I migrated to Spain when I was three years old.

”In Spain I completed a degree in social work and an Advanced Technician in Plastic Arts and Design in Advertising Graphics qualification.

”The diversity of my experiences includes: 12 years in a retail environment as a sales manager, receptionist at a dental clinic, social work with prisoners supporting them to re-enter society and volunteering with elderly with disabilities assisting them to live more active lives and be involved in their communities.

After two previous Australian visits I moved to Brisbane in 2016 to embark on a new chapter in my life.

‘I did my vocational work placement with Regis Yeronga Aged Care Facility. At Regis I had the opportunity of providing individualised support to the residents, implementing falls prevention strategies, met personal support needs of the clients, provided support to people living with dementia, promoted independence and well-being and facilitated the empowerment of the elderly

”ECCQ’s Bright Future Project provided me the support and assistance I needed to undertake formal training to gain nationally recognised skills and vocational qualifications to achieve my career goals. It was a great experience and a big opportunity to obtain new skills and a network of contacts.”

”I learned the importance of building a rapport with clients and peers. Empathy and professionalism are essentials to promote a healthy and positive work environment.

”This experience helped me to feel very confident that I am skilled, experienced and capable of providing quality assistance as an individual support worker.

”I am currently with the Spinal Life Australia team as a Personal Support Worker and with MDA as a Cultural Support Worker, on a casual basis.

”In Spinal Life Australia I support clients to achieve their personal goals and a satisfying and independent lifestyle.

”As a Cultural Support Worker with MDA I assist people from culturally diverse background to settle in Australia.

”I obtained the education and skills needed to be a successful candidate when applying for a community services position.”

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