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Sport and recreation program a game changer for young people with disabilities

A disabled man in a wheelchair. Holding a white little ball.

Young people with disabilities can gain valuable work experience and practical skills and training thanks to an Australian-first program for the sport, leisure and recreation sector.

The Integrated Practical Placement (IPP) program is a partnership between Monash Council’s Active Monash team, Holmesglen Institute and WISE Employment that brings the classroom to the workplace for students who want to study and gain employment in sport. The partnership builds on the success of Holmesglen Institute’s award-winning IPP programs at the Royal Melbourne and Royal Children’s Hospitals.

Active Monash will host program participants at its sites across the City of Monash – Oakleigh Recreation Centre, Clayton Aquatic and Health Club and Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre.

Mayor Brian Little said he was thrilled that this program was being provided through Monash’s popular recreation centres.

“Monash Council has a commitment to inclusive and equitable employment opportunities and this program expands that commitment, Cr Little said.

“Supporting young people to gain skills, qualifications and confidence to transition into paid employment is more important than ever and I’m proud that Monash is leading the way with this fantastic opportunity.”

School leavers or young job seekers up to 21 years of age with a disability are eligible for this program. Students will achieve qualifications during the year to kick-start their sport and recreation career including:

  • (22302VIC) Certificate I in Work Education
  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  • Lifesaving Victoria Pool Lifeguard Award
  • Senior First Aid and CPR
  • Sports-based coaching and umpiring courses.

Enrolments for the 2021 program are open. Applications close on 11 December 2020. For more information on the program or to apply visit

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