New South Wales Central Coast aged care provider Peninsula Villages has announced a three-month traineeship program is helping to boost skilled staffing numbers.
The three-month Care Partner Traineeship Program – run in partnership with registered training organisation ET Australia – targets increasing employment demands. Upon successful completion of the program, trainees receive a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) and potential employment opportunities at Peninsula Villages.
“We have had 33 trainees start the program and we expect to have 25 of these become employed after the second group complete the program,” a spokesperson told Australian Ageing Agenda.
The program is a tailor-made initiative from ET Australia, said Nicola Burton, executive manager of quality and organisational development at Peninsula Villages.
“The program has been set up to equip trainees with the specific skills required to support and enhance the lives of older people and set themselves up for a fulfilling and secure career in aged care,” she said.
The program directly addresses the provider’s recruitment needs and aims to bridge the gap between providing necessary staff and experience under a hybrid training approach. The intensive training model includes theoretical and practical elements to prepare future staff for a smooth transition from trainees to employment.
It commences with a week of extra supernumerary experience in clinical areas, where trainees gain an understanding of their role and support to seamlessly integrate into the local environment. Ongoing support is provided to help trainees acquire the skills and experience necessary for success.
“This program ensures that our staff are trained in the Peninsula Villages way which significantly reduces their onboarding time compared to alternative training programs offered,” Ms Burton said.
Main image: (L to R) Ebony Campbell, Care Partner Traineeship Program graduate Michaela Kent, and Sara Tupou
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