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Direct career opportunities for young people

Research indicates that the average age of Australian aged care workers is now around 49* and at a time when demand for residential aged care is growing, many care providers are facing a shortage of skilled workers.

Peninsula Villages is tackling the issue head on by attracting school students through School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs) in partnership with local high school, Brisbane Water Secondary College.

“Residential aged care providers like us here at Peninsula Villages are increasingly partnering with state departments of education to provide school-based traineeships with the aim of attracting young workers,” explained Peninsula Villages Chief Executive Officer, Shane Neaves.

Peninsula Villages hosted two new school-based trainees in 2016 and has taken on three for 2017, following a partnership being formed with the local high school almost a decade ago.

School based apprenticeships and traineeships provide students with the opportunity to attain a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification as well as their Higher School Certificate (HSC) and gain valuable work skills and experience through paid employment.

School-based apprentices and school-based trainees are on the job for approximately one day each week, with a minimum placement of 100 days over Year 11 and Year 12.

“We are entering our eighth year of partnership with Brisbane Water Secondary College to offer direct career opportunities for school students at Peninsula Villages.

“We currently have a number of school based apprentices employed who are in year 12 and are completing a Certificate III in Allied Health or Health Service Assistance as part of their Higher School Certificate,” added Mr Neaves.

One of Peninsula Villages school based trainees who completed the program in 2016 is Jaclyn Ross who undertook a Certificate III in Allied Health.

“As a Brisbane Water Secondary College student from the Woy Woy campus, Jaclyn was placed with us as part of her traineeship and worked within our facilities for some time.

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2017 trainee Jaclyn Ross with the new intake of school based trainees at Peninsula Villages, Chloe Wilson, Jess Harman & Jacob Page

“Since completing her traineeship, Jaclyn has now become a casual employee at Peninsula Villages and a valuable member of the team who works with the other care staff and our residents within our aged care facilities, Jack Aldous House, Pam Palmer House and Don Leggett House.

“We were very proud to hear that Jaclyn was recognised for her traineeship with us when she was awarded the Brisbane Water Secondary College SBAT Student of the Year Award for 2016,” continued Mr Neaves.