My Care Solution has partnered with the State Government, Enable College and Mas Experience to deliver traineeships to mature-aged individuals who want to re-skill and work in the booming aged care industry.
Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said the $132,000 Skilling South Australia project will create 15 new traineeships in the aged care sector.
“This is a particularly important project, as not only does it create new traineeships in an industry that has not traditionally used the traineeship model, but it also provides job opportunities for mature-aged job seekers to begin a new career in a high growth sector,” Minister Pisoni said.
“This project specifically targets mature-aged participants to re-skill them for an aged care career, and I commend My Care Solution for creating such a well-considered and important project.”
Executive Director of My Care Solution Mark McBriarty said this traineeship recognises the value mature-aged workers can bring to the aged care industry.
“Mature-aged individuals have a lifetime of experience and skills to offer, but it can be difficult to enter or re-enter the workforce at a later age,” Mr McBriarty said.
“More than half of mature-aged Australians experience age discrimination in the workplace and almost 50 per cent of the long-term unemployed are aged 45 or older.
“At My Care Solution, more than 85 per cent of our workforce is aged 45 or older. They are committed, reliable, eager to learn, and most importantly, they are compatible with our elderly clients.”
The project will support 20 participants to undertake a pre-traineeship program, ‘Preparing to Care’, which will give them a comprehensive understanding of the sector and prepare them to begin their careers caring for elderly South Australians.
On completion, at least 15 of the participants will go on to take up a traineeship and complete a Certificate III in Individual Support with My Care Solution.
“By placing a front-end to our mature-age traineeships, we are ensuring that candidates are well-equipped to embrace a role that is both deeply meaningful and richly rewarding,” Mr McBriarty said.
“There are many mature, caring and compassionate people in our community who would be well-suited to a career in care but have not pursued one.
“We are inviting people from all walks of life to consider the opportunities this traineeship and the aged care sector can offer.”
Skilling South Australia is a $200 million partnership with the Australian Government to deliver the skills required by industry and ensure South Australians are ready to step into jobs and enjoy rewarding careers in the future.
Applications close on Friday 20 March. Visit traineeship.mycaresolution.com.au for more information.