Woodbine services extends to Horsham

HORSHAM Special Development School and Horsham College have entered a full partnership with the Warracknabeal based disability service Woodbine, which will start early in the final school term.

Horsham Special Development School principal Matt Copping said a Woodbine catering program had operated at the school for three months. 

He said the additional programs would provide further employment and program activities. 

“We hope that the partnership will ensure that there are natural pathways to employment and activities for graduating students,” he said. 

Horsham College principal Rob Pyers said there would be significant benefits for students. 

“The partnership will provide our students with opportunities for inclusive practice, work experience, school-based apprenticeships and traineeships,” he said. 

Mr Pyers said the partnership had the potential to allow school leavers to enter the disability sector workforce.

“It is anticipated that the National Disability Insurance Scheme will create a significant increased demand for support workers in the sector,” he said.

Woodbine chief executive Bernie O’Connor said the partnership would provide inclusive program opportunities, the use of quality infrastructure, and a friendly home base. 

He said the partnership complemented the current arrangements with the Horsham Special Development School while reducing the travel burden.

Mr O’Connor said the existing programs at Warracknabeal, Echuca and Birchip would remain unchanged.


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