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Aged care sector partners up with TAFE NSW to provide appealing jobs pathway

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TAFE NSW is partnering with major aged care providers in Sydney to train a new generation of workers amid a huge demand for skilled staff within the sector.

In mid-2021, a report by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia found that a staggering 400,000 new workers would be needed by 2050 to meet the demand for aged care services.

Vocational education plays an essential role in addressing growing demand for aged care workers, and TAFE NSW is at the forefront of providing the practical skills new workers need to care for older Australians.

ACSA CEO, Paul Sadler

For those contemplating a new career or lifestyle change, an aged care traineeship can offer a pathway into full-time employment in just 12 months with the completion of a nationally recognised Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) with TAFE NSW.

Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) CEO Paul Sadler said many services are currently struggling to employ the workers they need to take on new clients.

“Vocational education plays an essential role in addressing growing demand for aged care workers, and TAFE NSW is at the forefront of providing the practical skills new workers need to care for older Australians,” Sadler said.

Major aged care providers such as BaptistCare are now offering traineeships in partnership with TAFE NSW across their state-wide operations in a bid to attract more staff.

Traineeships in residential aged care and home care are ideal because new workers can start immediately and undertake on-the-job training while completing their studies at TAFE NSW.

BaptistCare spokesperson, Kerry Martin

“The message is simple: we need new workers and we are happy to train you,” BaptistCare senior learning and development consultant Kerry Martin said.

“Traineeships in residential aged care and home care are ideal because new workers can start immediately and undertake on-the-job training while completing their studies at TAFE NSW,” she said.

“Our trainees have the security of knowing they will graduate as qualified care workers with a guaranteed job.

“We encourage anyone with a caring nature to think seriously about a career in aged care.”

Forty-three-year-old Sydney BaptistCare trainee and mother-of-five Rachel Murphy said her TAFE NSW traineeship provided the flexibility to upskill professionally around family commitments.

“Working in aged care is so rewarding, and after working in the industry for some time, I wanted to get a qualification,” Murphy said.

“I have a family and a house, so being able to work and study at the same time was important for me.

“Doing a traineeship, you’re able to put into practice what you’re learning at TAFE NSW.

“I need to be doing the practical task to learn it correctly, so on-the-job learning suits me and is far more beneficial than sitting in a classroom.”

TAFE NSW aged care teacher Tanya Ziermann said the sector offered the rare combination of job satisfaction and security.

“It’s a wonderful profession for compassionate people who want a new start or a career in which there is more flexibility to choose your hours,” Ziermann said.

“When you work in aged care you are making a real difference by helping someone retain dignity as they age.

“It’s very rewarding to help care for someone in those years and it is definitely more than just a job.”

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