Australia’s ageing population issue is not new – in fact, the proportion of older Australians has been steadily increasing for years.
Aged Care workers are always in demand, especially now that tighter health restrictions have increased the time carers spend attending to each client. Increased pressure on care facilities led to an $850 million Federal funding injection plus looser restrictions for students working in Nursing, Aged Care and Individual Support roles.
Where is this all leading? Well, those students will soon be graduates looking for long-term employment, and the Federal Government funding includes $235 million in retention bonuses for residential and home care workers to strengthen the workforce.
It all adds up to high employment rates – and good career prospects – for students embarking on a Certificate IV in Ageing Support or Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) course in 2020 and beyond.
Ageing Support: A career on the rise
Australia needs an estimated 45,000 Aged Care workers in the next 5 years to meet a well-documented staff shortage which was further highlighted by the effects of a global pandemic. And that only accounts for direct care workers; Government figures estimate the industry is more than double that size.
For students in our Certificate courses in 2020, 2021 and 2022, this means:
- Strong employment prospects for high-performing students
- Exponential career growth opportunities
- Competitive salaries
- Focus on improved working conditions
- Career flexibility (2/3 workers are part-time)
Of course, Aged Care is not suited to people who want to simply sit back and cruise through a one-speed career. Students who succeed in our Ageing Support and Individual Support (Ageing) courses are empathetic, dedicated, and naturally talented problem solvers. The rest is up to our Trainers, who take those traits and imbue all the practical skills and industry knowledge necessary to care for Australia’s older generation.
What does Ageing Support entail?
Working in Aged Care can mean anything from helping out with daily activities like shopping, washing and medical appointments, to running programs that bring older people together for companionship, or even working in one of Australia’s 3,000 residential care facilities.
Our Ageing Support and Individual Support (Ageing) courses are ideal for people pursuing a career in areas like (but not limited to):
- Personal Care Worker
- Respite Worker
- Liaison Officer
- Community Care Worker
- Nursing Assistant
Both courses focus on the core tenets of compassionate care such as empowering individuals, direct client care, independence, mental health and emotional support.