Great achievements- Skills Potential Program

Great achievements- Skills Potential Program

  • Published on Tuesday 17 December, 2013
  • 3 min. to read


A unique partnership between Cosmos Inc, MEGT Institute, State Government and local businesses has helped 14 Tasmanians with intellectual disabilities achieve a milestone: achieving a vocational qualification that is recognised nationally and demonstrating competence in workplace skills.

The combination of the two is powerful and well worth the time and effort the graduates put into their work and studies. On 11th December local businesses and supporters came together to celebrate the successes of this group of Skills Potential Program graduates.

The Skills Potential Program is funded by Skills Tasmania and has been an outstanding success, expanding this year to deliver Certificate I in Retail, Business and Hospitality. This interactive, supported program delivers accredited training to students with an intellectual/developmental disability.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy training and support is delivered in addition to the retail, business or hospitality content. Work placements are incorporated as a key feature of the program, reinforcing the students’ learning, and a Job Coach is charged with sourcing employment and further education.

The program results have exceeded expectations achieving employment outcomes (23%); progression to further study (26%); and unquantifiable increases in student confidence and independence.

While success of the initiative relies on the strength of the partnership between Cosmos, local businesses and MEGT Australia, the graduates did this for themselves. They kept going despite the difficulties life throws them – with an eye on the prize – this highly valuable combination of a national qualification combined with workplace experience.

Local businesses opened their doors to students on field trips and work placements, delivering presentations to the students on their respective industries, employability skills, customer service and workplace safety.

Our congratulations go to all the graduates and especially to Cathie Maxwell and Alice Cockshutt, on being finalists in the Tasmanian Training Awards.

Certificate I in Business

Fiona Cowle
Paige Crossin
Kayla Geard
Melissa Spong
Nick Witts

Certificate I in Hospitality

Christopher Arnol
Aidan Chick
Alice Cockshutt
Alisha Hunter

Certificate I in Retail

Pearl Bender
Isabel Duharte
Stacey Geard
Andrea Gonzalez
Shaun Hunter