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Peninsula Villages 2017 trainee-cum-employee Jaclyn Ross with the new intake of school based trainees: Chloe Wilson, Jess Harman and Jacob Page. Photo: Peninsula Villages

Apprenticeships in aged care, and other solutions to workforce worries

Peninsula Villages is a residential aged care community in Brisbane Water, on New South Wales’ Central Coast, an hour north of Sydney. CEO Shane Neaves and his team at Peninsula Villages are currently working with Brisbane Water Secondary College to introduce Year 11 and Year 12 students to the possibility of a career in aged care.

“Residential aged care providers like us here at Peninsula Villages are increasingly partnering with state departments of education to provide school-based traineeships with the aim of attracting young workers,” Neaves said.

“We are entering our eighth year of partnership with Brisbane Water Secondary College to offer direct career opportunities for school students at Peninsula Villages.

“We currently have a number of school based apprentices employed who are in year 12 and are completing a Certificate III in Allied Health or Health Service Assistance as part of their Higher School Certificate.”

Neaves spoke with Aged Care Insite about this initiative, the challenges of recruiting new staff to the sector and future workforce issues in aged care:

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