Media release - Adopting industry trainees in the healthcare sector reduces overtime in the workplace

Posted on 18/11/2022

Media Release
For immediate release

Tuesday 25 October 2022

The Apprenticeship Careers Australia (ACA) ‘More Jobs More Care’ program has highlighted the benefits of health and disability providers taking on trainees. The initiative placed over 300 trainees in the healthcare and disability support sector, with over 1700 people employed, with numbers rising.

Senior Recruitment Partner James Alexander of Nextt Group said. “The overtime has reduced in our business and now we have more focus to work on growing our company.”

Traineeships to ease care worker staff shortage

The publication of a Government study indicates that Australia faces a gap of more than 200,000 full-time care workers by 2050.

Employing trainees in the health and aged care sector is little known among providers. Traineeships are similar to apprenticeships, where candidates learn on the job while they study toward a Certificate level qualification. The goal is for support worker traineeships to ease the current and forecasted shortfall in skilled labour in the care and disability support sector. 

"In the disability and aged care sectors, no one talks about traineeships. No one knew what to expect from the program, but it worked! And we should support more businesses to be open to traineeships as part of their workforce planning,” said ACA Program Manager Brett Clarke.

Whether a company is large or small, “…it helps them as organisations, to have more skilled staff, candidates work while they learn,” Director of Home & Living Support Forward Ability Support, Sarah Bowe said.

Using employment and training services such as Apprenticeship Careers Australia has helped build and strengthen the workforce across the health sectors. “Candidates didn’t know how to get a job in this sector and ACA made it possible by connecting them with the industry,” ACA Regional Program Manager Tash Kesby said.

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