De­mand rises for per­sonal care jobs

School stu­dents urged to take up VET op­tion

Warwick Daily News - - Careers -

ONE in 10 jobs fore­cast to be cre­ated in Aus­tralia is for a per­sonal care worker, the oc­cu­pa­tion also tipped to have the most va­can­cies.

Jobs depart­ment data shows 90,600 per­sonal car­ers and as­sis­tants will be needed in the five years to May, 2022, tak­ing the work­force num­ber­ing 280,100 in May, 2017, to 370,800.

Across all oc­cu­pa­tions, 948,400 jobs are fore­cast to be cre­ated in the same pe­riod.

Stu­dents can be­come qual­i­fied be­fore they fin­ish high school, start­ing in Years 11 and 12 with a Cer­tifi­cate III in Health Ser­vices As­sis­tance through the VET in Schools pro­gram.

It gives stu­dents a taste of a health ca­reer, whether they want to work as a carer or move into nurs­ing, med­i­cal or al­lied health ser­vices; the skills to be em­ployed in health­care af­ter school, and gain ca­reer-re­lated work ex­pe­ri­ence as well as an income; and cred­its to­wards their high school cer­tifi­cate.

Aus­tralian Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment head Lea Hague said it was a great op­tion for stu­dents to gain ex­pe­ri­ence re­lated to their ca­reer choice, as well as try a job so they could make in­formed ca­reer choices early.

“They learn from ba­sic anatomy and phys­i­ol­ogy to health con­di­tions, as well as help­ing peo­ple get in and out of bed, dress­ing, show­er­ing, brush­ing their teeth, us­ing lift­ing equip­ment that they might use at var­i­ous sites, and get their Se­nior First Aid cer­tifi­cate,” Ms Hague said.

“It’s re­ally sup­port­ing them to learn the ba­sic skills so they can be good car­ers in all sorts of dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments.”

Stu­dents learn ba­sic skills in a prac­ti­cal hos­pi­tal or aged care set­ting, rather than a school class­room, and must com­plete work place­ments in which they gain on-the-job ex­pe­ri­ence.

“They can work in an al­lied health en­vi­ron­ment, some­thing that’s con­nected to them, and they feel like they’re on

their path­way to their cho­sen ca­reer,” Ms Hague said.

“This might not be where they stop but they get re­ally ex­cited be­cause they’re do­ing some­thing in a re­ally prac­ti­cal

way, that’s rel­e­vant to where they want to end up.

“If be­ing a carer is what they want to do, it sets them up for that choice as well – that’s a re­ally worth­while ca­reer in it­self.

“The fact we’re able to con­trib­ute to them set­ting them­selves on their path­way to where they want to go is re­ally ex­cit­ing for us.

“It re­sults in real em­ploy­ment

out­comes.”

Stu­dents in­ter­ested in a health­care VET in Schools pro­gram should talk to their VET in Schools co-or­di­na­tor or ca­reer coun­sel­lor.

IF BE­ING A CARER IS WHAT THEY WANT TO DO, IT SETS THEM UP FOR THAT CHOICE AS WELL.

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