Careers Australia calls for more carer incentives
MORE needs to be done to encourage young people to pursue careers in nursing, aged care and childcare, according to national vocational education provider Careers Australia.
With an ageing workforce and minimal incentives to encourage young people to undertake study relevant to careers in care provision, Careers Australia's sales and marketing group head Neil Tavender said the sustainability of the sector should be a growing concern.
"More needs to be done to incentivise young Australians to start studying now to become care providers. If not, there will be insufficient numbers of people qualified to provide high quality and maintain the standard of living our society is accustomed to," he said.
"Government, industry and communities are grappling with how to maintain a sustainable workforce of care providers in the context of an ageing population, funding shortages, and increasing demand for quality services.
"The population aged 65 years and over is expected to increase by approximately 180 per cent from 3.2 million in 2012 up to 5.8 million in 2031 - and at the rate we're going, we won't have enough nursing and aged care providers to support older Australians.
"It's important young people start studying now, so they have the opportunity to learn from senior staff who have the most knowledge and experience".
Twenty-one year-old single mum, Emily Auguste, is studying to become a nurse with Careers Australia.
"I recently started studying a Diploma of Nursing at Careers Australia, and I wish I had started sooner," Emily said.
"The Careers Australia course works for me because it's 2.5 days per week and is flexible, so I can work around it and it doesn't impact on my young daughter. It's smaller classes which means more support, and I can access a study now, pay later arrangement.
"There are a range of reasons why I decided to pursue a career in nursing - the flexible working hours, the career advancement opportunities, and of course, the satisfaction of caring for people."
Mr Tavender said Careers Australia was Australia's largest private provider of the Diploma in Nursing.
"With campuses across Australia, our courses cover a broad spectrum of industries."