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APS launches NextStep, a new entry program for people with disabilities

A new 12-month public service traineeship program for people with disabilities opens in two weeks, offering the chance to complete a Certificate III in Government and get a job in a federal agency.

The Australian Public Service Commission has announced the “safe and supported entry point to a fulfilling career in the APS” called NextStep will begin accepting applications from May 28, for placements beginning in November. It is open to Australian people with disabilities who have graduated from Year 12 or a higher education course between January, 2014, and February, 2019.

“NextStep gives you the opportunity to gain ongoing employment in one of several APS agencies through a single centralised recruitment process,” the APSC explains.

The Certificate III in Government is a basic qualification based on a mix of theory, practice and on-the-job training in the general principles and skills required for entry-level public sector jobs.

“Successful completion of this course will provide participants with the skills to engage with internal and external stakeholders, apply best practice in ethical and legislative standards, and develop sound decision making and problem solving skills,” according to the APS Commission, which has engaged McMillan as the training provider.

“This program will support participants in a safe and sensitive environment to successfully complete their Certificate III in Government. Reasonable adjustments and alternative assessment methods can be provided to all participants in the NextStep program.”

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