The NSW Government has encouraged aged care providers to lodge
Expressions of Interest (EOI) for an Australian-first trial where aged
care facilities will be co-located with on-the-job training for
students at TAFE NSW campuses, with the deadline fast approaching.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, and Assistant
Minister for Skills, Adam Marshall, said aged care and retirement
living providers have until 19 April to lodge their EOIs.
In the past four years, TAFE NSW's enrolments in Health have grown 48
per cent, with enrolments in Community Services up more than 15 per cent.
Recent statistics have revealed that up to half of the workforce in
the aged care sector will be approaching retirement age in 15 years.
"This is a first for Australia, where TAFE NSW will work with a
leading industry provider to trial the co-location of seniors living
and Vocational Education and Training (VET) across regional and
metropolitan NSW," Mr Barilaro said.
"A key part of the initiative is the requirement to have an
additional rural or regional site if the bid is for a metropolitan
site, meaning our students and seniors living in remote areas have the
same access to on-the-job training and quality care.
"This partnership will ensure industry plays a key role in the
education and training of our future skilled workforce to meet the
needs of Australia's ageing population."
Mr Marshall said the project is an exciting and unique opportunity
for TAFE NSW, the nation's largest VET provider, to pilot new
community and aged care training.
"It's our priority to ensure rural and regional areas are
getting the same level of service as the city. TAFE NSW has made more
than 150 sites around NSW available for the project, with the option
to construct or repurpose existing TAFE NSW buildings," Mr
"The partnership is another important milestone in the One TAFE
reforms that will see TAFE NSW become more efficient, innovative and
better able to meet the needs of teachers, students and future
employers in all parts of NSW."
For further information, visit tafensw.edu.au/seniorseoi
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