Australia’s aged care sector is facing a shortage of at least 110,000 workers over the coming decade, a new report by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) has revealed.
This growing demand for aged care workers makes it a great option for those wanting a career with plenty of security and opportunities.
TAFE Queensland Individual Support Teacher Sue White told myGC with an increasingly ageing population, aged care students can expect long term employment once they graduate.
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“The certificate III in individual support is what we offer [at TAFE Queensland], it has an ageing stream and a disability stream,” she said.
“When people have the certificate III they can go into aged care, whether it’s a facility or home care, or into the disability sector working for NDIS clients, which is a huge area and there lots of jobs out there for them.”
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Ms White said students have access to a brand new $10 million clinical labs at TAFE Queensland’s Southport campus.
“We have amazing new labs with just about every piece of equipment you will find in any aged care facility here on the Gold Coast or probably anywhere in Australia. So our students are really well placed and have had lots of practice by the time they get on placement,” she said.
The equipment includes a diverse range of mobility aides, as well as ceiling and mobile hoists. There are also two training bathrooms with capacity for student participation and observation.
Certificate III in Individual Support student Gail Bryant told myGC she is enjoying learning in a lifelike aged care environment.
“If you are considering studying in aged care, the Southport facility is fantastic. The teachers are just out of the world, they do everything they can to help us be competent in every course we are doing and I thoroughly recommend it to anybody,” she said.
For more information about studying aged care at TAFE Queensland, visit: tafeqld.edu.au/courses/study-areas/nursing-and-health/aged-care.html