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Community care managers sound off on barriers to employing younger workers

Employers know that they need to bring new blood into community aged care, yet they’re reluctant to hire young workers due to a perceived lack of life experience.

This is one of the findings of La Trobe University research into service managers perceptions of younger workers and challenges to the provision of community aged care services in rural Australia.

Other workforce concerns raised by managers included the reliability of younger workers, and the money and career opportunities they’re able to offer potential candidates.

The authors said the findings raise questions about the capacity of services to reshape and redefine aged care work as a good job, one that holds appeal and tangible rewards for new and younger skilled workers.

Aged Care Insite sat down with co-author Dr Suzanne Hodgkin to discuss how managers view younger workers compared to their older counterparts, structural barriers to recruitment and what the findings might reveal about the future of aged care.

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