Training in aged care and disability get a boost

Wednesday 27 Nov 2019

The HSUWA are active members of the Community Services Health and Education Industry Training Council which advises the State Training Board on priorities for TAFE and similar courses. The union together with the Training Council have been pushing for fresh investment in training for our sectors.

The State Government have responded with a two-part plan which will see 50% reductions in TAFE and other training providers fees for selected high priority qualifications in aged care and disability plus new funded traineeships.

TAFE and other training provider fees skyrocketed under the last government and enrolments dropped by 25% as a result. These fee reductions are critical to getting more people into training for the growing aged care and disability services sectors.

The State Government have also funded a new “Enterprise Training Programme” which will fund about 3,500 training places with skillsets linked to the Certificate IV in Ageing and Certificate III in Individual Support the most common.

These initiatives were introduced in response to the Social Assistance and Allied Health Workforce Strategy released by the State Training Board in 2018. The strategy was developed with extensive industry input including from the HSUWA and recommended a co-ordinated response to maximise the development of a contemporary, skilled and flexible workforce.

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