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Student Placement in Residential Aged Care

POSTED ON January 17th, 2019  - POSTED IN Aged Care

The skill-set that a person acquires before they start working is the foundations of their future career. While nothing will surpass the insight and learning gathered through years of industry work, it’s the lessons that you learn at the beginning that set the tone for what you can become.

Entering an aged care facility on student placement can be daunting. The sights, sounds, and smells of a real-life facility will add a new dimension to the role that you can’t prepare for via textbooks. The people are real, and so is the responsibility.

An aged care employee may be asked to play a variety of roles throughout any given day and these roles are made up of a multitude of different tasks, each of which is important.

Things that may appear minor or insignificant to the average person can have an effect on the wellbeing of an elderly resident, and that’s why you’re training must be of a high standard before you can enter a facility as a working student.

And in the instance that an emergency arises, you will not have the ability to turn around and ask a trainer if you can start again. This is where people run on instinct and it’s imperative that the instincts that you have learned are correct.

Starting The Journey

For a student, arriving at an aged care facility for work placement is a chance to put their newly acquired skills into practice, it’s also a time to start gathering information from more seasoned employees on how things need to be done.

This type of insight can be the best way for a student to become a knowledgeable employee, but according to the Institute of Tertiary & Higher Education Australia’s (ITHEA) Aged Care Coordinator, Dee Condy, this is only possible if the employee that the student is learning from is actually good at their job.

“Students are like sponges, so we train them the right way. And in some cases they can go to facilities where employees try and teach them the quickest way to do things instead,” she said.

“Each facility has a culture of their own, and that culture is dictated by the quality of staff they have working, these people shape the habits of the students that join the facility on work placement. If that culture is toxic, that will affect the working habits of every new person that enters that place.”

Like most team environments, an aged care facility is a team environment. That team can be made up of a mix of different types of workers ranging from Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses through to carers and volunteers. And while these people can work closely with each other, that doesn’t stop issues between staff from arising.

Established staff can feel threatened or jealous of new employees to a facility, and this can result in an unwillingness to share information and hinder the development of a student looking to grow and learn the trade.

Established staff can also have their own way of doing things that differ from the recommended procedure, and encourage students on placement not to ‘rock the boat,’ and forgo their training procedures, for modified and often incorrect methods.

“Lazy application breeds complacency in a workplace,” said Mrs. Condy.

“When this becomes the norm within a facility you end up with a toxic environment for both the new staff and the residents. The horror stories of neglect within facilities aren’t usually the result of a collection of evil people, they are born from an environment that doesn’t care anymore. And that starts with the small things.”

“I’ve worked for well over 30 years across a number of facilities and I’ve seen beautiful things and I’ve seen ugly things happen. When I train our students at ITHEA, I give them the skills and mindset to make the beautiful things happen, but established staff at facilities play a big part in helping these students take the next step in the right way.”

Established Staff

Bad facility working environments are the result of established staff either not having the required skills needed, or having the skills, but not possessing the right type of character to see the importance that correct procedure has on the well being of residents.

“We have upskilled a number of seasoned staff members who either forgot their previous training or failed to adapt when more efficient procedures were identified. Some of these people were simply stuck in their ways,” said Mrs. Condy.

This doesn’t make them bad people or even bad staff necessarily, but times change, just like the needs of residents, and they have to adapt. If a staff member has the right character for the job, they should be willing to do what’s necessary for the residents. These people are the ones that set the tone of the culture at a facility.

When asked about her thoughts regarding staff who didn’t appear to have the right type of character for the job, Dee Condy did not mince her words.

“You get rid of them. You need to be able to empathise with a resident and put yourself in their shoes. If a staff member has displayed that isn’t a priority, they shouldn’t be anywhere near a vulnerable person who needs care. Because of one of these rotten apples can spoil the bunch.”

For more information on ITHEA training go to www.ithea.edu.au

Written by Jacob Neeland from Hello Care

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Government Funded Aged Care Training

POSTED ON December 3rd, 2018  - POSTED IN Aged Care

WHY STUDY AGEING SUPPORT WITH THE INSTITUTE OF TERTIARY AND HIGHER EDUCATION AUSTRALIA (ITHEA)

About the Institute of Tertiary & Higher Education Australia (ITHEA)

ITHEA is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), Registration Number 22037. ITHEA delivers nationally accredited qualifications and training under the Standards for the National VET Regulator (NVR).

ITHEA is pleased to announce that in partnership with the Victorian Government and the Federal Government, it has again secured a contract to offer Government Subsidised Training as part of the Skills First Program.

This is a great new initiative that will allow for upskilling of the aged care workforce.

Under the Skills First Program, ITHEA, is offering qualifications in the

Certificate III in Indivdual Support (Ageing)

Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Certificate IV in Disability

to any eligible worker in the Aged Care industry

The Skills First Program

Now is the ideal time to make a start on

gaining new skills, or upgrading your existing skills, to take the next step in your career.

The Skills First Program is making vocational

training more accessible to people who do not hold a post-school qualification, or who want to gain a higher level qualification than they

already hold. There are now an unlimited

number of government-subsidised training

places available to people who meet the

eligibility criteria.

Am I eligible for a government-subsidised

training place?

Generally, you are eligible for a government subsidised training place if you are:

• an Australian citizen

• an Australian Permanent Resident

• a New Zealand citizen

and are 20 years and older and ‘upskilling’ by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing qualification

How much are you saving?

The Certificate III course is $5,852.50 with the

Certificate IV courses up to $10,825. Eligible students will ONLY pay a material fee of $200 for each course. For more information, go to the ITHEA website at www.ithea.edu.au

We customise the training to suit you and your employer

ITHEA will endeavour to develop a training plan to suit you. To achieve this, we offer a blended approach to learning. This means we will

customise the training around your workplace commitments.

Our blended approach includes fortnightly or monthly lecture series and workplace assessment with online learning.

You have the freedom to work through the learning/assessments in your own time. You can go at your own pace. Simply log into your account and continue your course where you left off last time.

Online training offers the following advantages: It is especially beneficial for people who are working. The training is self-paced and includes interactive tutorials, questionnaires, case studies, self-assessment, and other features that easily assimilate to individual learning styles. It offers the opportunity to learn in a non-stressful environment because people have more control over their learning experience.

COURSE DETAILS

COURSE

DURATION

LOCATION

FEES

CHC33015 CERTIFICATE III IN INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT (AGEING)

You have up to ONE year to complete this course

WORKPLACE

$5,852.50 FEE FOR SERVICE STUDENTS OR *ONLY $200 FOR ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS

CHC43015 CERTIFICATE IV IN AGEING SUPPORT

You have up to ONE year to complete this course

WORKPLACE

$ 10,825 FEE FOR SERVICE STUDENTS OR *ONLY $200 FOR ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS

CHC43115 CERTIFICATE IV IN DISABILITY

You have up to ONE year to complete this course

WORKPLACE

$ 6,745 FEE FOR SERVICE STUDENTS OR *ONLY $200 FOR ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS

* Eligibility criteria apply. Skills First Funding available to eligible individuals with training delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding. The $200 covers material fees for the course. This is the only amount an eligible individual will pay for the course.

Entry requirements: Prospective students are required to complete a Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment and a Pre-Training Interview, administered by and to the satisfaction of ITHEA, be at least 18 years of age and already employed in the industry.

Government Funded Child Care Training

POSTED ON December 3rd, 2018  - POSTED IN Childcare

WHY STUDY EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE WITH ITHEA

About the Institute of Tertiary & Higher Education Australia (ITHEA)

ITHEA is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), Registration Number 22037. ITHEA delivers nationally recognised qualifications and training under the Standards for the National VET Regulator (NVR).

ITHEA is pleased to announce that in partnership with the Victorian and Federal Government, it has again secured a contract to offer government subsidised training as part of the Skills First Program.

This is a great initiative that will allow for skilling of the child care workforce. Under the Skills First Program, ITHEA, is offering qualifications in the

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

to eligible individuals in the child care industry.

Successful graduates have the opportunity to go on to further study with Swinburne University of Technology. Students have academic credit recognition for Swinburne’s Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) BA-EDUEC2 OR Bachelor of Education (Primary) BA-EDUPRI. The opportunity exists to go straight intosecond year for either of these programs.

The Skills First Program

Now is the ideal time to make a start on gaining new skills, or upgrading your existing skills, to take the next step in your career.

The Skills First Program is making vocational training more accessible to people who do not hold a post-school qualification, or who want to gain a higher level qualification than they already hold. There are now an unlimited number of government-subsidised training places available to people who meet the eligibility criteria.

Am I eligible for a government-subsidised training place?

Generally, you are eligible for a government subsidised training place if you are:

• an Australian citizen

• an Australian Permanent Resident

• a New Zealand citizen

and are 20 years and older and ‘upskilling’ by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing qualification

How much are you saving?

The Certificate III course is $6,906 with the

Diploma course at $12,268. Eligible students will ONLY pay $200 for the Certificate III and $400 for the Diploma. This covers the materials for each course.

For more information, go to the ITHEA website

Study as a TRAINEE (from  2019) or non TRAINEE

A traineeship is a contract between an employer and an employee where the trainee learns the skills needed for a particular job. They can be undertaken full-time or part-time and can be used as a valuable stepping stone to start a career in child care.

As a trainee, you can: learn valuable, nationally recognised job skills combine formal training from ITHEA with workplace-based training. get paid while learning

Traineeships are usually offered to individuals who may be new to the profession and have no previous early childhood qualifications. You will study towards your Certificate III or Diploma while working in a long day centre.

Customised training

ITHEA will endeavour to develop a training plan to suit you. To achieve this, we offer a blended approach to learning. This means we will customise the training around your workplace commitments.

Our blended approach includes regular site visits by your trainer where you will be guided through your learning. Your assessments will be both online and workplace based.

You have the freedom to work through the learning/assessments in your own time. You can go at your own pace. Simply log into your account and continue your course where you left off last time.

Online training offers the following advantages: It is especially beneficial for people who are working

The training is self-paced and includes interactive tutorials, questionnaires, case studies, self-assessment, and other features that easily assimilate to individual learning styles.

COURSE DETAILS

COURSE

DURATION

LOCATION

FEES

CHC30113 CERTIFICATE III IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE

You have up to ONE year to

complete this course

WORKPLACE

$6,906 FEE FOR SERVICE STUDENTS

OR *ONLY $200 FOR ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS

CHC50113 DIPLOMA OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE

You have up to TWO years to

complete this course

WORKPLACE

$ 12,268 FEE FOR SERVICE STUDENTS

OR *ONLY $400 FOR ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS

* Eligibility criteria apply. Skills First Funding available to eligible individuals with training delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding. The material fees for the course. This is the only amount an eligible individual will pay for the course.

Entry requirements: Prospective students are required to complete a Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment and a Pre-Training Interview, administered by and to the satisfaction of ITHEA, be at least 18 years of age and already employed in the industry.

New CRICOS Courses

POSTED ON November 6th, 2016  - POSTED IN News

front-cover-no-text-flattenedNEW CRICOS Courses

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing), Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability), Certificate IV in Ageing Support, Certificate IV in Disability, Diploma of Community Services, Certificate II in Business, Certificate III in Business, Advanced Diploma of Business, Certificate IV in Leadership and Management, Diploma of Leadership and Management, Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management

 

New Student Visas

POSTED ON June 28th, 2016  - POSTED IN News

Important changes to the student visa programme – from 1 July 2016

New student visa applicants

From 1 July 2016, there will be only one student visa available to study in Australia – the Student visa (subclass 500).

After 1 July 2016, if you want to study in Australia, you will need to apply for the Student visa (subclass 500) regardless of your field of study.

The Victorian Training Guarantee

POSTED ON August 12th, 2014  - POSTED IN ITHEA News

The Victorian Training Guarantee

Now is the ideal time to make a start on gaining new skills, or upgrading your existing skills, to help you get the job you want.

The Victorian Training Guarantee is making vocational education and training more accessible to people who do not hold a post-school qualification, or who want to gain a higher level
qualification than they already hold.

There are now an unlimited number of government-subsidised training places available to people who meet the eligibility criteria.

Am I eligible for a government-subsidised training place?
You are eligible for a government-subsidised training place if you are:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa)
  • a New Zealand citizen

and are any of the following:

  • under 20 years of age
  • seeking to enrol in a Foundation Skills List course (and do not hold a Diploma or above qualification or are receiving core skills training in other sectors)
  • seeking to enrol in VCE or VCAL
  • seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship
  • 20 years and older and ‘upskilling’ by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing qualification

How many courses am I eligible for?
You are eligible to begin two government subsidised courses, as long as you are not doing any more than two government subsidised courses at a time.

International Students Study in Australia

POSTED ON August 11th, 2014  - POSTED IN ITHEA News

 

International Students Study in Australia, Why International Students should study at ITHEA

  • Our course are nationally recognised
  • We deliver VET courses with the highest employment growth in Australia to the year 2025. Source – Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA)
  • We give you real employability skills with most of our courses including practical placement
  • We are located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD (in The world’s most liveable city)
  • We have nearly thirty years experience as professional Australian educators
  • ITHEA trainers are chosen for their knowledge, dedication to their students and ability to teach.
  • We have a friendly and caring atmosphere and comprehensive support network to provide students with a safe and happy study environment.
  • We have billingual staff

Foundation Skills Provider

POSTED ON April 1st, 2014  - POSTED IN ITHEA News

ITHEA is an approved provider to deliver Foundation Skills Courses, for 2014, under the Victorian Training Guarantee.

Our approval is in the area of Domain B: English as an Additional Language (EAL) and related courses.

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