Chris Curd has worked most of his life as either a mechanical or a hydraulic fitter, but when he started thinking about a new career, he knew exactly what he wanted to do.
Chris has two brothers with a disability and they made the decision easy.
“My work was getting me a bit down and I asked myself what I really wanted to do, what would give me the greatest rewards,” Chris said. “It was helping my brothers. I've had a lifetime of looking after them, so I had all these skills that I didn't know I had. I figured I'd get certification and start a new career.”
Chris is one of the students doing the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) at IMPACT Community Services. The group have now finished their 13 weeks of virtual online training and are in their final week of Vocational Placement.
“I personally prefer learning online,” Chris said. “But I'm a bit younger and more tech-savvy. There are less distractions online than in the classroom. I get more done.”
And Chris speaks in glowing terms of his trainer, Elise Cottam.
“Elise is my favourite teacher ever and I've done three apprenticeships,” he said. “She relates to everybody and is very good at what she does.”
All along Chris has wanted to start a support business for people with a disability, along with his brothers. It will be a personal care and support service involving mostly leisure activities.
“It's all about communication,” he said. “I will be able to relate to them thanks to my two brothers. Lots of people told me growing up that I should be a teacher, but I just wanted to fix motors. Seems they were probably right.”
The current coronavirus restrictions have put a halt on his business preparations, but it has allowed Chris to focus entirely on his training.
“My brothers have struggled for inclusion all their lives,” Chris said. “They didn't get to do these types of activities, and that's why I want to bring them to others.”
The business is destined to be a success as all three brothers will have their own special insights to contribute. Having them in the business will help put others at ease. And helping people to help others is a perfect expression of IMPACT's mission.
To find out about IMPACT’s range of training programs (RTO code 0115) call 4153 4233 or go to out training page.