Are you ready to work? Do you want to gain formal qualifications recognised Australia wide? What about both? You can be paid for a good flexible arrangement between practical, on-the-job training and structured learning.
Traineeships are everywhere and available for you, but only when you’re ready. Commitment to the role and a positive outlook is all you really need. They usually range between one and two years, with the majority of employers providing guaranteed full-time employment upon successful completion. There’s also plenty of options for you too, including both part- time and full-time.
There are over 600 employment categories that have recognised traineeship programs. Employers get rewarded for taking on a trainee and helping them to shape their career, so it’s also beneficial to them.
Trainees come from broad spectrums of our community and these include:
• School leavers looking to take their first steps towards a desired position
• Parents, job-seekers or the previously ill who have been away from work for longer periods and are now ready to work in a vocational area that interests them
• Someone wanting a formal qualification for the role they are currently in
• Anyone wanting to make a career change
To be eligible to complete a traineeship in Australia you must be one of the following:
• ‘Fair Dinkum’ – An Australian citizen
• ‘Living the good life’ – A foreign national with permanent residency
• ‘Sweet As’ – From New Zealand, hold a current passport and have resided in Australia for at least six months
For full information regarding eligibility, please search your relevant state government further education website containing all requirements and any exceptions.
Aged Care Opportunities
There’s massive growth in employment opportunities in aged care and the general health services sector in Australia. Between November 2012 and November 2013, there was a jump in the total number employed by 3.3%, to over 1.41 million people^.
If you’re passionate about helping to provide the elderly with the best possible care, now is the time to complete a traineeship. Industry growth and opportunity in Aged care are expected to rise rapidly with the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation moving into the aged care spaces currently occupied by significantly fewer numbers.
Available career roles upon completion of a traineeship include:
- Community Care Workers
- Home Care Assistants
- Personal Carers
- Assistance in Nursing
- Home Respite
This list is far from exhaustive and indicates the number of differing roles available for trainees in the industry. Opportunities also exist for administration roles, and there is a positive outlook for career progression and growth.
Aged care can be an extremely rewarding career role but can also be physically and emotionally challenging. Ensure you complete the necessary online research, work experience and discussions with experienced members of this employment sector to gain the full picture before making an informed decision. Like every work type, it has it’s positives as well as negatives to think about before committing to a traineeship.
Dollar signs drive a lot of our everyday decisions, and our potential career choices are no different. You may doubt if you can afford to enter into a traineeship in aged care. Are you comparing a full-time, unskilled role vs. a traineeship? Do you have all the facts?
For information regarding payment and assistance for those studying or completing traineeships, please refer to:
• Your relevant state education providers will advise of any relevant incentives, concessions or scholarships/grants.
To start out, you will be undertaking a Certificate III in Aged Care. There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for this qualification. There are ten core units and four elective units balanced with completing the on job learning with your employer. They provide you with a salary and work with you to find the balance between the practical and theory elements of your traineeship.
^ Employment figures published on the Australian Parliament website.