Young boost to aged care

Shellharbour TAFE Young At Heart head teacher Joy Bradshaw, with students (from back left) Tim Boughton, Rayleen Hartin, Nicole Domagala, Roxanne Sutton, Tracy Coelho, Jaimee O'Driscoll, Nicole Russell and Ebony Gorwood. Picture: ALBEY BOND

Shellharbour TAFE Young At Heart head teacher Joy Bradshaw, with students (from back left) Tim Boughton, Rayleen Hartin, Nicole Domagala, Roxanne Sutton, Tracy Coelho, Jaimee O'Driscoll, Nicole Russell and Ebony Gorwood. Picture: ALBEY BOND

ORGANISERS of the Young At Heart aged-care training program hope that after the current round of students graduate they will have placed more than 100 people into employment in aged-care facilities throughout the Illawarra.

Developed in conjunction with aged care-providers, the Young At Heart program aims to attract young people to the industry.

It has been running for two-and-a-half years, and has so far helped 78 participants find full-time employment across the Illawarra.

For the first time Shellharbour TAFE students will be among the graduates, after a total of 14 students completed the course's first run at the campus.

"What we found in talking to the people in the industry was that there was a real need to get young people involved in aged-care, and that not a lot of young people were thinking about aged-care as something they could make a career of," Illawarra local employment co-ordinator Jane Robinson said.

The course runs for six weeks and also features students completing six units of competency for a Certificate III in Aged Care.

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