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.