The National Youth Employment Body and the Transition to Work National Community of Practice are supporting communities to design and implement a skills pathway for young people to enter the aged care and disability workforce, using a new Skill Set developed by the Human Services Skills Organisation.
The Entry into Care Roles Skill Set was developed in consultation with industry to rapidly upskill a ‘surge’ workforce to meet the needs of the aged care and disability support sector during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
The trial is exploring the implementation of a quality skills pathway that supports and enables young people to gain employment and qualified training in the aged-care and disability sector, and includes career exploration and pre-employment readiness to prepare young people to succeed in the world of work. The pathway is co-designed with local employers to meet their business needs and build a young workforce motivated by the diverse career pathways in the sector.
Place-based youth employment solutions
The national trial is being led and delivered through local Transition to Work National Community of Practice partners and National Youth Employment Body (NYEB) Community Investment Committees, which bring the right people together to co-design and drive place-based solutions to improve youth employment and meet local workforce needs.
The trial is being implemented in the following regions:
- Logan-Beaudesert, QLD
- Gold Coast, QLD
- Cairns, QLD
- Darwin, NT
- The Shoalhaven, NSW
- Adelaide North, SA
- South East Tasmania, TAS
- Frankston, VIC
- Warrnambool, VIC
For further information on the trial, contact Elle.McLachlan(at)bsl.org.au or on 0490 288 259.
Young people working in aged care and disability
To prepare young people for the opportunity of the trial the Brotherhood of St Laurence developed the following snapshot videos to hear stories from young people working in the sector.
- Youth Pathways into Caring Roles
- Employers Perspective: Youth Pathways into Caring Roles
- ‘Just do it!’: Youth Pathways into Caring Roles
- Alex, Disability Support Worker: Youth Pathways into Caring Roles