Course Increases Job Hopes For Local Residents
Eleven local residents are now able to secure a job in Aged & Home and Community Care after completing an accredited course. Not-for-profit organisations MTC Australia and St. George Sutherland Community College have partnered to give job seekers from Hurstville and Caringbah an opportunity to obtain the qualification, including related work experience.
MTC Australia Employment Services General Manager Dr. Robert Hamilton said for some participants it was the first time they had completed a formal qualification; while for others, the experience provided a stepping stone to return to the workforce.
"The participants who completed the six month program, eight are all on track for an employment outcome," he said.
"This is a fantastic achievement for local residents.”
The aged care industry has been identified as a major growth area. ABS data projections estimate that the number of people over 65 will rise to 20% by 2030. Similarly, the number of people aged over 85 is expected to grow. In 2012, there were approximately 420,000 Australians in the 85+ age bracket. By 2045, there will be an estimated 1.7 million.
“The figures indicate that there will be strong employment need for aged care workers and support staff,” Dr. Hamilton said.
“We look forward to working in partnership with St George Sutherland Community College to continue to develop highly trained and quality staff to meet the needs of the growing industry and in turn, combating the unemployment rate locally.”
As part of their studies, the residents attended the Hurstville campus and undertook three sets of work placements at aged care facilities across the St. George and Sutherland Shire.