With aged care providers already facing significant workforce challenges as a result of COVID-19 and funding constraints, NSW Central Coast aged care provider Alino Living is taking a new approach to recruitment following a partnership with training organisation, ET Australia.
Newly merged not-for-profit organisation Alino Living offers residential aged care living and services across the Central Coast and is putting workforce front-of-mind by developing a program to assist with recruitment and training.
Executive care manager of Alino Living, Melinda De Luca, said that the program developed with ET Australia aims to combat the growing challenge of aged care employee recruitment, while also training up young people to consider a career in the industry.
“Given the impact of the pandemic on the workforce nationwide, the aged care industry continues to take a blow and suffer an issue of staff shortages, with providers competing for staff from a small pool of candidates,” De Luca explained.
“In partnership with … ET Australia, we have co-designed a program of aged care employment that is suitable for our organisation that identifies needs of our services and its participants.
“This program supports our recruitment process and will continue to feed our staffing pool year-round by offering a combination of theoretical training, work placement and traineeships for entry level job vacancies,” she added.
ET Australia is Central Coast-based and focuses on providing students with further study or traineeships so they are optimal candidates for employment.
This unique program includes pre-traineeships, traineeships and an aged care readiness employment program.
“These types of programs have been running via training organisations for some time but what makes this program unique is how it is tailored to the students and the needs of Alino Living, with the program completely customised,” Cath Roden, ET Australia’s training college manager, says.
“The program provides six weeks of onboarding to the service and aged care meaning students are supported as they are integrated into their roles.
“They undertake one full day of training per week with ET Australia, one day with Alino Living’s clinical nurse educator to provide organisation orientation and practical skill sets, and one day a week with a buddy on the floor of the specific residential aged care facility.
“Beyond the six-week orientation program students then complete another three weeks of intensive buddying with a supportive work partner.
“This will ensure the students are confident and capable to provide the level of care, customer focus and clinical excellence Alino Living and its residents expect as part of their service delivery,” Roden added.
The collaboration between ET Australia and Alino living is already proving valuable.
“To date using this model we have experienced a very high retention rate of students,” Roden said.
De Luca said Alino Living has committed to above trainee award wages, as the organisation understands the cost of living increases the community is currently experiencing.
“We currently have seven traineeships running and 13 students in the Employment Program,” she said.
“We will hopefully be onboarding three intakes a year.”
Alino Living is the collaboration of three aged care organisations – Central Coast Community Care Association, Adelene and Vietnam Veterans Keith Payne VC Hostel – that merged in 2021.
“We are committed to providing a lifestyle that complements the many complex health and social needs of our ageing population and believe that by growing and educating our own staff, this can be achieved,” De Luca said.
“We are committed to working with our staff to deliver an aged care service that is consumer-driven where the residents’ input is central to how we provide the best possible care,” she concluded.