The first of an expected 400 Queensland participants will commence a series of micro-credential courses specifically designed for the aged care sector from today, in a pilot program designed to teach in-demand skills in the rapidly growing aged care sector.
Employment service provider 91╣┘═°has partnered with Aged Care Services Australia (ACSA) and workforce management platform PowerHouseHub, to increase the employability of workers who have devoted themselves to looking after AustraliaÔÇÖs elderly.
91╣┘═°will deliver four online courses as part of itsÔÇÖ ÔÇśAged Care PotentialÔÇÖ micro-credentialing pilot program. Courses, each of which lasts three hours, will cover the following subjects:
- Dignity of risk, which gives people the right or dignity to take reasonable risks
- Understanding the aged care standards
- Planning for pandemics
- Leadership in crisis
Micro-credentialing is increasingly used in many workplaces to develop skills not always taught in traditional education pathways. The pilot program will test what types of training are required to meet the needs of the aged care sector, which is expected to triple itsÔÇÖ workforce within a decade.
The courses will be rolled out throughout all of South East Queensland. 91╣┘═°CEO Bridie Gildea says the pilot program will address complex and ever-changing needs in a sector where care for individuals is paramount.
ÔÇť91╣┘═°is proud to help QueenslandÔÇÖs dedicated and hard-working aged care workers to be the best they can be, while looking after our much-valued and respected generation of older AustraliansÔÇŁ.
Aged and Community Services Australia CEO Patricia Sparrow said: ÔÇťAged care workers are amongst the hardest working, passionate and caring in Australia. This program is a positive step towards teaching skills that they can apply now and well into the futureÔÇŁ.
PowerHouse Hub CEO Tony Carrucan said: ÔÇťAt such a critical time for the aged care sector, PowerHouse Hub is committed to providing a workforce development platform that supports skilling people in the aged care sector in QueenslandÔÇŁ.
Funding will be provided by QueenslandÔÇÖs Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, while the program will be officially launched by regional director of the Brisbane metropolitan region, Glen Watson.