LASA applauds Ageing and Disability Job Ready Program for Western Australia

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Media Release: 15 April 2021

LASA is represented on the Jobs and Skills WA working group and we are very pleased to be a member, with the latest SEEK study showing aged and disability support employment is one of the top job demands.

“The opportunities for working in aged care and disability support are some of the fastest growing occupations in WA,” said LASA WA Manager Liz Behjat.

“It is also a great job, with so many stories about fulfilling careers in care because it is so important to make a real difference in people’s lives.”

“Aged care and disability is about respect, dignity and people with passion. Our carers must be adequately skilled and delivering services with quality, safety and compassion, always.”

Developed in partnership with Community Skills WA and key industry partners, the Ageing and Disability Job Ready program will get people – aged 18 and over – ready with key skills and knowledge, including how to meet personal support needs.

“We welcome one of the first announcements of the new Minister for Disability Services, Seniors and Ageing, the Hon. Don Punch,” said Ms Behjat.

“In aged care across Australia, we will need at least 78,000 workers in the next decade to deal with our nation’s ageing population.

“This WA program will also provide hands-on industry experience through a work placement with an aged care or disability support employer.

“We encourage our Members and all West Australian aged and disability providers to participate if they have capacity to take on a trainee for a fortnight of on-the-job training.”

Once trainees have completed the program and are job ready to join the ageing and disability workforce, you may:

  • Receive an offer of employment with your work placement employer
  • Be offered a traineeship in aged care or disability work
  • Have opportunities to use your skills to transition into an allied health occupation
  • Connect with other employment opportunities or complete further studies to gain a further qualification in aged care or disability support

To register for the Ageing and Disability Job Ready program, please go to https://www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/pathways

Media contacts: Nick Way or Kate Hannon 08 6311 7809 (24 hours)

About Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)

LASA is the national association for all providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living/seniors housing. Our purpose is to enable high performing, respected, and sustainable age services that support older Australians to age well by providing care, support and accommodation with quality, safety and compassion – always.

We represent providers of age services of all types and sizes located across Australia’s metropolitan, regional and rural areas. Consistent with the overall industry profile, 56% of our Members are not-for-profit providers, 36% are for-profit providers and 8% are government providers.

Our diverse and representative membership gives LASA the ability to speak with credibility and authority on issues of importance to older Australians and the age services industry.

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