More regional North Queenslanders have access to government-subsidised community services and mental health training courses with the official launch today of Registered Training Organisation (RTO) selectability Training.

selectability Training, formerly known as Jobtrain, has a vision to connect with a greater number of North Queenslanders by offering increased course flexibility and online training options. selectability and selectability Training CEO Debra Burden said she was pleased to align the brand with Jobtrain’s history of dedication and service in the Townsville region to deliver innovative and accessible systems.

“As part of the transition we’re introducing online training tools to allow those who can’t physically be in the classroom to complete the courses.”

Current student, Aba Noah chose a career in community services because she loves helping people.

Ten weeks into the 15-week Cert IV in Mental Health, she said what she had learned had already been invaluable in her role as a mental health lifestyle support worker.

“My job is challenging at times, but it’s something I really love doing. I love helping people and seeing my clients achieve their goals is awesome,” she said.

“I have a few challenging clients and I was struggling a bit with how to support them.  Since studying the course I’ve been able to put new techniques and knowledge into practice which has been fantastic.”

Aba’s sister Ellen who lives on Palm Island, also has a passion for helping people and works in the industry, and will now be able to upskill by accessing the course remotely.

“Ellen visited me recently and I was explaining to her how the course was benefitting me in my work, I’m so glad she will now also be able to take up the opportunity despite living outside of Townsville,” Ms Noah said.

“I recommended it to my sister and I would recommend it to anyone.”

selectability is the parent organisation of Jobtrain, following the merger between SOLAS and MIFNQ in 2017.

“Since the merger, selectability has become a leading NQ provider in mental wellbeing services, while Jobtrain has long provided vocational training in the community services sector including mental health qualifications,” Ms Burden said.

“It was a logical progression that Jobtrain be officially brought under the selectability banner.”

Government subsidies are available for some courses resulting in little out-of-pocket expenses for students - pending eligibility.

Courses available include Certificate III in Community Services (CHC32015)Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015)Certificate IV in Mental Health (CHC43315)Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (CHC43515)Certificate III in Business Administration (BSB30415)