OUT FOR A STROLL: Mater Christi resident Pat Gill enjoys a chat and a walk with aged care students Harley and Ellen.

Photograph by Trevor Veale in article below from Coffs Coast Advocate

UNDERSTANDING the philosophy that an organisation’s strength is in its people, Novaskill and Sawtell Catholic Care for the Aged have partnered to address the growing need for skilled staff in aged care.

In a first for Coffs Harbour, these two businesses have combined resources to address the predicted demands on the aged care industry as our population ages and people live longer.

Aged care is one of the biggest growth industries in Australia and a high percentage of the workforce is aging themselves and will be retiring in the next 10 years.

In regional areas especially, it’s not easy to keep up with the demand for skilled staff. We need carers who have specific skills and qualities to deliver the highest quality of person-centred care to our residents. Many of these skills and qualities develop over time.

To remove the “experience gap” between studying and starting work in aged care, SCCA has partnered with Novaskill to train students on-site at Mater Christi Aged Care Facility, giving them first-hand experience all the way through their course, resulting in candidates more equipped to begin work.

You could say we’re growing our own workforce !

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