Student Testimonial

Are The Current Standards For Aged Care Employee Training Good Enough??

POSTED ON March 11th, 2019  - POSTED IN News

Given the current state of the aged care sector, there are very few elements within the industry that will be able to avoid scrutiny. Aged care facilities have been thrust into the spotlight recently, on the back of numerous abuse scandals and investigations.

Despite the horrific nature of some of the incidents that we see, the fact of the matter is, the vast majority of aged care employees are hard working people who endeavour to do their best for the people in their care.

The majority of workplace failings that you see within the aged care sector are the results of a lack of staffing that manifests into employees being unable to give the appropriate level of care.

This absence of staffing is generally the outcome of a lack of funding to pay for more staff, or in some cases, a lack of staff who are capable of doing the job required.

Caring for a vulnerable person is one of the few employment opportunities that can’t be simply looked at as a job.

The level of trust that should be required when entrusting somebody with a task of this magnitude, dictates that the person who does the job should possess the character and empathy required to put their skills to best use.

While the character and personality traits of an aged care worker are vital to their job, the skills and practices put in place from the start are indicative of the trajectory of their career.

Those who train complacent, remain complacent, and those who learn things the right way, generally get the best results.

Peter Kyriacou, Director of the Institute of Tertiary & Higher Education Australia, otherwise known as ITHEA, has implemented training programs that have readied thousands of aged care employees for the workforce.

He believes that high level care is the result of high level training over a sustained period of time.

“It takes a long time to form habits. And some of the situations that people find themselves in within an aged care environment call for quick and immediate action. You shouldn’t have to think about what you need to do, It needs to become an instinct,” he said.

“These instincts need to be correct though, and the only way that happens is by receiving training from people who have years of experience actually doing the work that you are training do. You don’t need trainers who learned about the work, you need good workers who learned how to train.”

There are currently 3.7 million people over the age of 65 in Australia which equates to roughly one out of every seven people. This number and the proportion of older Australians is expected to continue growing, and by 2097, it is projected that one in every four people will actually be over the age of 65.

This rapidly aging population will require a workforce that can facilitate demand and is capable of dealing with the strain that these numbers will put on facilities. Meaning that workers will have to be better than ever.

Mr Kyriacou believes that the length of training is pivotal to ensuring that aged care employees are properly equipped to deal with the challenges that they may face, and that industry training shortcuts play a big role in substandard care.

“People should have at least one year worth of training under their belt in order to work in the industry, and even though this is a widely held belief, there are people who have found loopholes to speed up the training process. This might give a facility access to employees quicker, but it is definitely not in the best interest of the people receiving care,” he said.

As the need for employees grows, making high level training courses financially accessible must become a priority if Australians are interested in improving the quality of aged care services for the future.

Peter believes that government funded courses available at institutions like ITHEA will play a pivotal role in this process.
“This industry needs workers. We just need to make sure that they have right level of training and that current workers are upskilled appropriately. Here at ITHEA we are proud to boast full length training courses that are being taught by industry veterans, and this is the level of training that everyone should want for aged care workers,” said Peter.l

“These courses deliver nationally accredited qualifications and are financially accessible for pretty much anyone looking to enter the aged care sector. We actually have courses that are valued at over $10,000 that merely require a fee of $200 for eligible students. And most importantly it’s quality training.”

The aged care industry needs as many thoroughly skilled individuals walking through facility corridors as it can get it’s hands on.

Making quality training programs readily accessible to all Australians will play a big part in planning for everyone’s future.

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The Way That You Present A Resident Speaks Volumes About You

POSTED ON March 11th, 2019  - POSTED IN News

Looking good and feeling good have always gone hand in hand. Your appearance is a reflection of the way that you treat yourself, and the way that you treat yourself will always be a reflection of how you feel.

As a person ages, their diminishing physical capabilities can result in a lack of ability to dress and present themselves. For elderly people who reside in aged care facilities, this responsibility will fall to the facility employees who have been entrusted with their care.

Being at the point where you are unable to dress yourself would be hard enough, but having the person who has been entrusted to dress you on a daily basis continually display a lack of effort in your appearance, would be demoralising.

While a number of things do deteriorate as we age, the need to feel valued as a person is definitely not one of them. But due to the current pressures that a lot of facilities are facing, the significance of this issue is sometimes lost.

Elderly aged care residents are more susceptible to feelings of isolation and loneliness than any other group of Australians, which stems from the avoidance and lack of attention being given to them. This can result in feelings of low self-worth and can compound other mental health issues they may be dealing with.

Even though getting dressed might be the least important task in terms of a residents physical wellbeing, it actually has a significant impact on their overall happiness and the way that they feel about themselves.

And that’s why it is important that new employees heading into the aged care sector understand the value of investing some extra time into dressing and preparing a resident for their day.

Because having a sense of pride in the way that you present a resident, allows them to maintain a sense of pride in themselves.

The Human Element of Care

Aged Care Coordinator, Dee Condy, has spent over 40 years working in the aged care sector and now finds herself preparing new prospective staff for the aged care industry at the Institute of Tertiary & Higher Education Australia (ITHEA.)

And she believes that ensuring that our elderly get the best care available comes down to ensuring that new staff empathises and understands the human element of care, just as much as much as the procedure.

“If you can imagine how demoralising it would be to be poorly dressed every day against your wishes, you can comprehend how important it is to present a resident in a way that they are happy with. Nobody that I know likes to leave the house looking their worst, and that feeling doesn’t go away as you age.”

“If you’re starting out in aged care, it’s important that you truly understand the fact that caring for someone is not ticking a bunch of boxes for the tasks that you need to complete. You need to understand that it’s the little things, and the attention to detail that makes the difference in a person’s day,” said Dee.

The importance of the role that an aged care employee plays is almost without equal in the employment sector. While there is an element of trust for every job, there are very few jobs that carry the weight of expectation and level of trust given to someone who is caring for a vulnerable elderly person.

The residents rely on the employees to provide them with the most enriching experience possible in the remaining years of their life.

This a level of responsibility that can not be adequately described by being simply being referred to as a ‘job.’

For residents with mobility issues, being dressed by a staff member can actually be one of the few human interactions they have on a daily basis.

Which makes the need for these interactions to be a positive experience even more vital.

A Personal Story
Mrs. Condy has spent decades working in aged care facilities and looking after high care residents and recently told a story that speaks volumes about the types of values that she enforces when training students at ITHEA.

“I spent Melbourne Cup Day at an aged care facility where I was overlooking some of our students who are currently in work placement. And I took the liberty of dressing and presenting a resident myself in order to lighten the load.”

“The resident that I dressed was an older woman who was generally known as a non-communicator within the facility. But I did my best to match her clothes and shoes, and do her hair in a way that would suit the theme of Melbourne Cup Day.”

“I got out a lipstick that matched her outfit and completed the look, and as she stood there admiring herself in the mirror I saw something that virtually nobody had seen from this resident in a very long time. I saw a smile. And that’s what aged care should be about,” she said.

The way an employee presents a resident is a reflection on the level of emotional investment that they have in their job. And while it’s understood that extra time is not a luxury that is often afforded to aged care employees it’s important to remind them of just how important presentation can be to a resident’s well being.

“It can be as simple as listening to a resident. And for those that aren’t capable of communicating their thoughts, you can try different things and look for signs of a positive response. The main thing is to understand that it means something, and work towards doing the best you can to meet the resident’s expectations.”
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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.

Importance of Ageing Support Education

POSTED ON October 24th, 2018  - POSTED IN Aged Care

It’s Time to End Elderly Abuse

It is disturbing to think that our elderly residents could be treated in such a horrible and abusive manner. Unfortunately, for many, this is the stark reality that they have to live with as they suffer abuse. It can be in the form of verbal, physical, sexual or financial, and many of our elderly residents are too afraid to speak up. Mistreating and abusing elderly residents is unacceptable and needs to be stopped immediately.

Royal Commission into the Treatment of Elderly Residents

A recent inquiry into the treatment of elderly residents found that many have and continue to experience serious forms of abuse. Even more concerning is the fact the abuse is often caused by a friend, carer or family member. The Victorian State Trustee is currently investigating about 200 cases of elderly abuse around Victoria.

As a result of these findings, the federal government has announced a Royal Commission into the aged care industry. With a final report to be handed in by April 30, 2020, the report will hopefully give the government a greater insight into the abuse residents receive, and why extra funding is needed in the sector.

Helping You Make a Difference

Reports like these highlight the lack of skills and training throughout the aged care industry. Too many students are going into full-time work without the required employability skills. At ITHEA, our aged care courses are a nationally recognised qualification that is highly regarded in the industry.

We offer prospective students a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) and a Certificate IV in Ageing Support at our Melbourne campus. To obtain either qualification, students must undertake a minimum of 120 hours of supervised, practical placement at an affiliate aged care facility. This gives students the ability to gain real-world experience and knowledge of the day-to-day role as an aged care employee.

Our teachers are industry leaders and implement their expertise in the curriculum. This ensures our students get the best education from leading professionals in real-world learning environments through placement and our city campus.

At ITHEA, our educators mentor students in all areas of aged care, to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to look after elderly residents. For more about our Aged Care courses in Melbourne, get in touch with us today by calling, (03) 9650 3900.

Gain Valuable Skills for a Rewarding Career in Aged Care

POSTED ON October 19th, 2018  - POSTED IN Aged Care

Our population is growing fast and many of our Victorian residents are getting older. Which means, a number of our elderly citizens will need to go into Residential Aged Care in the future. As the population ages, the need for specialist carers is in high demand.

We are passionate about raising the standards in Residential Aged Care. As such we want to give employers the best possible workforce. Staff who are knowledgeable, professional and caring.

We look for students who have a positive caring attitude towards the elderly. After all, the industry is about looking after those who are unable to look after themselves.

Industry Consultation

Our curriculum is designed in consultation with the industry and our qualifications are nationally recognised.

Whether you are a job seeker, need to up-skill or looking for a new career, ITHEA offers prospective students courses in ageing support.

  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)
  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Both courses are delivered in a classroom setting or via a blended approach. The blended approach is designed for those who are currently working in the industry and are looking to upskill into a Certificate IV in Ageing Support.

Placement in Real Aged Care Facilities

As part of our curriculum, all students must undertake a minimum of 120 hours of practical placement, for both the Certificate III and IV, at an affiliated aged care facility. All students are assessed under supervision.

This is critical to ensuring our students build their employability skills. Students gain valuable knowledge and skills to work in the industry. As students undertake placement in real residential aged care facilities, many are offered employment once they complete their studies.

Note: It important students have a valid National Police Check before they begin placement.

Study Full Time and be Qualified in One Year

Here at ITHEA, we want students to be fully equipped with the skills and training they need to work in the aged care industry. Students have up to one year to complete the Certificate III or IV courses. All units must must be successfully completed to obtain the qualification. ITHEA ensures students receive the best training and qualifications.

Spotlight on the Aged Care Industry

The Federal government is committed to increasing quality. As a result, the Prime Minister has announced a Royal Commission into the Aged Care industry. This will put a spotlight on the quality of education and training of the Aged care workforce.

The terms of reference for the Royal Commission are as follows:

  • Quality and safety including the extent of substandard care.
  • How to best deliver care services to people with disabilities residing in aged care facilities including younger people.
  • How to best deliver care to the increasing number of Australians living with dementia.
  • The future challenges and opportunities for delivering accessible, affordable and high quality aged care services, including people’s desire to remain living at home as they age, and aged care in rural, regional and remote Australia.
  • What the Government, the aged care sector, Australian families and the wider community can do to strengthen care services to ensure quality and safety.
  • How to allow people greater choice, control and independence and how to improve engagement with families and carers.
  • How to best deliver sustainable aged care services through innovative care and investment in the aged care workforce and infrastructure.
  • Any matters that the Commissioners believe is relevant to their inquiry.

Here at ITHEA, our Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) and Certificate IV in Ageing Support are highly regarded by those in the industry.

A career in Aged Care in Melbourne is just an application away. To find out more about our courses get in touch with ITHEA today on (03) 9650 3900 or send an enquiry online.

Gain Valuable Skills for a Rewarding Career in Aged Care

POSTED ON October 3rd, 2018  - POSTED IN News

Our population is growing fast and many of our Victorian residents are getting older. Which means, a number of our elderly citizens will need to go into Residential Aged Care in the future. As the population ages, the need for specialist carers is in high demand.

We recognise the importance of human connection in residential aged care facilities and are looking for students who have a positive caring attitude towards the elderly. After all, this is about looking after those who are unable to look after themselves. With the right training and education, you will gain valuable skills that will ensure our elderly residents are given the care they need.

Face-to-Face Learning

Whether you are a job seeker, need to up-skill or looking for a new career, ITHEA offers prospective students a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) and Certificate IV in Ageing Support. Both courses are delivered in a classroom setting, which allows teachers to assess students and gather evidence about a students performance.

This is critical to ensuring our students build their employability skills. Students gain valuable knowledge in emergency procedures as well as individualised support and infection prevention. Our curriculum is structured to meet industry standards, which means our qualifications are nationally recognised.

Placement in Real Aged Care Facilities

As part of our curriculum, all students must undertake a minimum of 120 hours of practical placement, for both the Certificate III and IV, at an affiliated aged care facility. All students are assessed under supervision, and it important students have a valid National Police Check before they begin placement.

As students undertake placement in real residential aged care facilities, many are offered employment at that facility once they complete their studies.

Study Full Time and be Qualified in One Year

Here at ITHEA, we want students to be fully equipped with the skills and training they need to work in the aged care industry. Our Certificate III and IV courses are each one-year in duration, where students must complete and pass all units of competency to obtain the qualification. Along with the minimum 120 hours of practical placement, ITHEA ensures students receive the best training and qualifications.

Real Employability Skills with Increased Job Opportunities

With the Federal government committed to increasing quality in the Aged Care industry, the need for skilled carers is in high demand. Our courses in aged care coincide with the national guidelines in aged care. This includes:

  • Providing individualised support
  • Support independence and well-being
  • Assist patients with Dementia
  • Recognise healthy body systems

Here at ITHEA, our Certificate III and IV in Individual and Ageing support are highly regarded by those in the aged care industry. As such, our students gain the critical knowledge and training needed to work in an aged care facility. This ensures that our graduates obtain employment at leading facilities throughout Victoria.

A career in Aged Care in Melbourne is just an application away. To find out more about our courses get in touch with ITHEA today on (03) 9650 3900 or send an enquiry online.

Childcare Employability Starts at ITHEA

POSTED ON September 14th, 2018  - POSTED IN News

As the population of Victoria continues to grow, so too does the demand for highly skilled childcare workers. More than ever, childcare centres are seeking out the best educators that are highly qualified and trained in early childhood education and care. Which is why obtaining the right qualification is crucial to both your employability and the education needs of children in childcare.

Our Focus

A long and rewarding career in childcare begins in the classroom. At ITHEA, our courses are structured to meet the standards of Victorian childcare centres. We give students flexibility with their studies, with both online and in-class study options available. Our courses are taught by industry professionals who have a wealth of experience working in early childhood education and care.

At ITHEA, we offer prospective students both the Certificate III and Diploma level courses. Both qualifications are highly regarded within the industry, and employers value the skills our students gain from studying our courses.

Real World Learning Environments

In order to obtain a qualification, all students are required to undertake practical placement at one of our affiliated long day care centres. Students enrolled in the Certificate must complete a minimum 120 hours of practical placement, while in the Diploma they must complete a minimum of 240 hours. Students are assessed in the workplace.

Prior to undertaking placement, students must have a valid Working with Children check.

Students undertake placement at Long Day care centres in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Increased Employment Opportunities

ITHEA is a member of the Australian Childcare Alliance of Victoria (ACAV) and we have established long-standing relationships with long day care centres around Melbourne. As such, our students and graduates of both courses are in high demand from our affiliated childcare centres.

Upon successful completion of their studies, many of our students receive employment offers from the centres they undertake placement at, or continue on to further study. With the job outlook in the industry increasing over the next few years, it is more important than ever that you receive the right education and training.

Whether you are a recent high school graduate or looking for a new challenge, a career in childcare is right for you. Gain valuable skills and training from industry leaders in real-world learning environments. For more information about our Early Childhood Education and Care courses, contact ITHEA today on (03) 9650 3900 or visit our website.

“I really couldn’t have asked for a better institute to complete my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. It’s been so amazing from the teachers to the friends I’ve made. The multi-cultural environment makes learning even more exciting and interesting.

The teachers are very experienced in their field and the classroom delivery system lays a strong foundation for people interested in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Special thanks to Suzie who is not just an amazing teacher but always willing to extend all the support when needed.”
Roshan

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