Op­por­tu­ni­ties in aged care work

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

GAIN­ING a qual­i­fi­ca­tion in aged care will as­sist not only job seek­ers, but peo­ple who are al­ready car­ing for the el­derly.

Moss­man-based Far North Train­ing and Con­sul­tancy has been ap­proved for cer­tifi­cate 3 train­ing in aged care and hos­pi­tal­ity, which both come un­der the state govern­ment’s fund­ing ini­tia­tive.

FNTC aged care trainer Peter Moss said there is a de­mand for aged care train­ing in the com­mu­nity, oth­er­wise peo­ple have to travel to Cairns.

‘‘This is a great course for vol­un­teers, gen­eral car­ers and fam­ily mem­bers who are look­ing af­ter the el­derly to gain a na­tion­ally recog­nised cer­tifi­cate,’’ he said.

‘‘We not only pro­vide in­for­ma­tion but also hands- on learn­ing with mod­ern equip­ment avail­able – if you want to know what equip­ment is avail­able come in here and we can show you them and where to buy them.

‘‘We not only teach about day to day care, but pre­pare for what’s go­ing to hap­pen in the fu­ture when they progress in age­ing and ill­ness and be­ing pre­pared to deal with it.’’

Any­one can ap­ply for the govern­ment sub­sidised train­ing, which Mr Moss said is very flex­i­ble.

‘ ‘ We are l ook­ing for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est and are pre­pared to take the course fur­ther than just Moss­man; we are pre­pared to travel to meet the needs of the area,’’ he said.

‘‘We are flex­i­ble. Peo­ple can come in here or do it at home, you don’t have to be here all the time, we are here to suit the needs of the stu­dents and are very lo­cal- ised. Come in and say hello and talk to us about your needs and ex­pec­ta­tions.’’

The Moss­man com­pany is also of­fer­ing cer­tifi­cate 3 in hos­pi­tal­ity, which will be held as an eight- week course, which FNTC CEO Liz Ross said is open to ev­ery­one.

‘‘ We are will­ing to work within the work­place to help peo­ple gain qual­i­fi­ca­tions,’’ she said.

‘‘We are be­ing sup­ported by the Sher­a­ton who has of­fered us the use of their kitchen for the de­liv­ery of train­ing, un­der the new train­ing pack­age you have got to be ex­posed to a range of items that smaller places don’t have.’’ For more in­for­ma­tion or to send your ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est, con­tact Liz Ross at liz@farnorth­train­ing.com.au or call 4098 1228.

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