Future employment opportunities in Benalla are set to increase as the number of elderly Australians requiring aged-care is cited to explode in the coming years, and Cooinda is helping to train those interested in entering the field.
Major growth in the aged care, and home and community care sectors will see the number of Australians aged 65 years and over more than double by 2055 compared with today, according to the Federal Government’s 2015 Intergenerational Report.
The Federal Government has committed $1.6 billion to provide about 14000 additional high-level home-care packages, enabling people to live in their own home for longer.
This means more home care workers will be required to support these additional packages.
The partnership between The Centre for Continuing Education and Benalla’s Cooinda Village has enabled learners undertaking CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community Care) to study in the classroom one day and then train in an aged-care facility the next, putting their knowledge into practice.
The strength of this program is reinforced when students complete the qualification as their workplace training has been tailored to the facilities requirements.
Learners are already familiar with how a facility runs, the policies and procedures, and the residents.
They are also trained specifically to the facility’s standards, making them ideal candidates for work.
Students enrolled in the program undertook one full day per week of classes at the Cooinda facility, which provided them with an opportunity to be immersed in an actual workplace and readily interact with staff.
This also meant students were able to undertake mandatory work placement hours with Cooinda’s support throughout the course when on-the-job learning activities were available.
Jessica Hazledene is a former student who was offered a job at Cooinda.
‘‘I personally love the fact that we had one day in the classroom learning and then the very next day going over to Cooinda and putting everything we learnt into place, it just made it make more sense,’’ Ms Hazledene said
Since the program began, 11 out of the 15 graduating students have found work, which demonstrates how effective this program is at training suitable employees, not only for Cooinda, but other aged-care facilities in the region.
Enrole now for July start, $400 ($80 Concession) FLAT FEE for eligible government-funded students.
●To find out more, visit www.thecentre.vic.edu.au or phone 57210200.