Thought about a job in aged care?
ACE North Coast believes one of the smartest career moves you can make is to train in aged care now, as statistics show there is likely to be no shortage of work in that industry.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, by 2051 the proportion of people aged over 65 years will grow from the current 13 per cent to one quarter of the population. At the same time, the proportion of people over 85 years will grow from the current 1.4 per cent to approximately six per cent.
As a result, the aged care industry workforce will need to grow by a massive 35 per cent over the same period to meet demand, which means more jobs for those who are properly trained.
ACE North Coast runs a Certificate III in Aged Care and of the 11 students that completed the course in 2007, 10 are already working in an aged care facility or in the community as an assistant in nursing.
It is likely that over the next decade or two, this will be an area where work will be plentiful, and opportunities for flexible, part-time and full-time employment will be there for the taking, said Anne Stapleton, head of the Aged Care Program at ACE North Coast. Students who undertook the course ranged from those who were changing careers to those who were unemployed or working limited hours in their current job. Many are now working 15 to 30 hours a week.
For more information on aged care courses, phone ACE North Coast on 6622 1903.