TAFE NSW is encouraging Central Coast locals to consider a career in aged or disabled care, with the care industry forecast to experience the highest growth in jobs of any sector by 2021.
Over this time, more than 4,300 additional people are expected to be employed as aged or disabled carers in NSW, an increase of over 10 per cent.
The Department of Jobs and Small Business echoes this favourable perspective, with it predicting “very strong growth” in the number of workers over the next five years and is also encouraging anyone looking for a satisfying career to consider one that involved nurturing others.
North Gosford resident, Branwen Gillen, has done just that, and after four months into a Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) at TAFE NSW, Gosford, she is embarking on her disabled support career in a practical sense.
On June 14 Gillen began a 120-hour work placement with disability services provider, Wyoming’s House with No Steps, and said she is excited to be one of many TAFE NSW students getting ready to assist in filling the sector’s skills shortage.
“In looking around to change professions, I quickly discovered that this was something I wanted to pursue.
“It’s a big growth sector with a lot of jobs around.
“I kept seeing them pop up and knew I was on the right path,” Gillen said.
“I am really looking forward to applying the hands-on training I‘ve received to my work placement at House with No Steps.
“It’s a good, meaningful profession, helping people.
“Through providing individual support, disability carers help people within the community to thrive. I feel so pleased about entering this sector.
“A lot of disabled people can be socially isolated.
“We help get them out in to the world, empowering them to have some fun and perhaps even head into the workplace, depending on the level of support they need and of course, there is often the basics such as assisting with feeding and cleaning, which can be just as rewarding,” Gillen said.
House with No Steps Area Manager, Central Coast/Lake Macquarie, Giovanna Kozary, agrees.
“We have nearly 5,000 committed staff and they are the heart and soul of our organisation.
“We’re big on providing our staff with more than just jobs.
“We’re here to provide them with clear career paths, and high quality training is an important part of that,” Kozary said.
Media release, Jun 14
Kristy Sheppard, TAFE NSW