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Queensland graduates help ease critical workforce shortage in care industry

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This Wednesday (November 17), students at STEPS Education & Training will graduate ready to start their career in care.

The students have been studying a Certificate III in Individual Support to prepare them for work in aged care, disability support and home and community care.

The latest class to graduate from STEPS provide a welcome influx of qualified professionals in an industry that, according to analysis conducted by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), will face a workforce shortage of at least 110,000 over the next 10 years.

As Australia’s unemployment rate soared to *5.2 per cent in October, STEPS Education & Training executive manager Dr Teressa Schmidt said the care industry offered an opportunity for stable, long-term employment.

“The care industry provides some great long term career prospects,” she said.

“There is security in knowing your working in a growing industry, but there is also a lot of diversity in the types of work you can do.

“We really want our students to understand that a career in the care industry can be exciting and rewarding”.

Special guest Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson will help to celebrate the latest cohort graduate as part of Skilling Queenslanders for Work program funded by the Queensland Government.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work provides skills development, training and job opportunities to unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged Queenslanders through a suite of targeted skills and training programs.

* Figure sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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