Growing the Health & Community Services Workforce Program
The Community Services & Health (CS&H) sector continues to grow in Geelong with the National Disability Insurance Scheme roll out, WorkSafe coming to the region and new hospitals such as the Epworth and a Barwon Health facility in the northern suburbs. CS&H is also the largest employer in the state and nationally, employing 12% of the national workforce in 2013 and tipped to grow a further 16% by 2018.
The Careers in Community Services & Health Program is an early entry level workforce development program aimed at school-aged young people and incorporating their families and teachers. It aims to interest more young people in the Geelong region to work in the burgeoning CS&H sector, including those who may experience social or educational exclusion.
The Program implements strategic and coordinated awareness raising activities and promotes matched pathways through VET in Schools or School based Traineeships into further education, training or employment in the CS&H sector. The Program is funded by the Skilling the Bay initiative until the end of 2017.
A cross sectoral Advisory Committee including: Barwon Health, St John of God Healthcare, St Laurence Community Services, Karingal, Bethany, Department of Health & Human Services, Gordon TAFE, Deakin University, Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority, Geelong High School, Sacred Heart College, Gforce Recruitment, Aboriginal Partnership Network, Geelong Career Teachers’ Association provides advice and support to the program.
The Careers in Community Services & Health Programobjectives are to:
increase enrolments in School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SbAT) and VET in Schools (VETiS)
increase School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SbAT) and VET in Schools (VETiS) training completions
increase the proportion of students applying for further study in CS&H post-school
increase the percentage of ‘disadvantaged’ students participating in all programs (accredited and non-accredited)
double the number of students participating in the Experience Community Services Taster Program
Awareness raising programs include:
Experience Community Services Program - see some photos from recent events here
Linking with Ambulance Victoria - see some photos from recent events here
Work Experience at Barwon Health
Careers in Health Taster Days for Aboriginal students - see some photos from recent events here
Accredited training programs for school students include VET in Schools and School based Traineeships in the following qualifications:
Certificate II Health Support Services (customised for refugee and English as an Additional Language students)
Cert IIII Community Services Work
Certificate III Allied Health Assistance
Certificate III Health Services Assistance
Certificate III Laboratory Skills
Certificate III Aged Care
If you are interested in finding out more about what it's like to work in the community services and health sector, click here to have a look at some videos of people working in some of these careers in our region.