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TAFE helps to tackle an ‘age old problem’


North Metropolitan TAFE (NMT) has partnered with Hall & Prior Health & Aged Care Group to develop a recruitment pool of highly trained potential aged care workers that meet the needs of Australia’s ageing population.

  • From January 2019, individuals can complete two direct client care qualifications in less than seven months, attending TAFE one day a week and a Hall & Prior home two days a week to practice their skills.
  • A new student placement model aims to strengthen workforce skills and knowledge, encourage more people into the profession and benefit both the worker and person living in a home.

Upon successful completion the student will receive a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) CHC33015 and a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance HLT33115, and the opportunity to work in this growing and rewarding sector.

“To ensure a sustainable workforce into the future we need to continue to attract compassionate, skilled and highly knowledgeable people to join our team and one of the ways we can do this is providing a positive and supportive learning environment for students to assist them in translating their knowledge into practice,” said Hall & Prior’s Staff Learning & Development Coordinator, Felicia Lopez

“The work placement schedule will allow students the time to embed a person-centered approach to care, hone their communication skills, and develop supportive relationships with individual people living in our homes. For the people living in our homes, it offers consistency of care and familiar faces which is very reassuring to them at this stage of their lives.”

North Metro TAFE’s Managing Director, Michelle Hoad said: “The ageing population, ageing workforce and roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) have placed an unprecedented demand on service delivery and the requirements of a skilled workforce in aged care, disability services and health support.

“This partnership with Hall & Prior is a great example of how the VET sector can work with industry to develop course content in line with their policies and processes, to ensure they recruit and retain highly skilled and competent employees to meet their needs.” 

About Hall & Prior
Hall & Prior is a provider of high quality residential and community care to older Australians. They operate 13 residential care homes in the Perth metropolitan area. With flexible permanent part-time employment options, all Hall & Prior staff receive above award rates of pay and other benefits including access to up to 7 weeks annual leave per year. Hall & Prior staff have access to continuing education, including the option of upgrading their qualifications to become and advanced practice/care supervisor.

Page last updated February 26, 2019