Meet Isaac Wood (pictured), who commenced his training in the Certificate III – Individual Support ageing specialisation – at the Community College Northern Inland (CCNI) Bingara campus early in February 2021. According to the College, prior to enrolling in his studies, Isaac did not have a full understanding of how much work and delicate care was involved in Individual Support. His training has helped to improve his skills in communication and the manual handling side of personal care, and he has commenced working at Bingara’s aged care facility.
Isaac says: “Most of my family have done support work throughout their life and said it was very rewarding being able to help out in the community. The training has already helped me acquire a job at a local aged care facility, long before finishing my course. This is helping me get used to the environment I will be working in when I do become fully qualified.”
CCNI describes him as “an inspiration to anyone thinking about building a future career through work skills.”
Community Colleges Australia (CCA) congratulates Isaac, CCNI, its trainers and the local community. “The College shows the value that Australia’s adult and community education sector brings to the training of regional and rural students, such as the northwest of New South Wales. Aged care is a career with a real future – we are all ageing – and many tens of thousands of new trained staff will be needed in the next decade. We are proud that Isaac and his fellow Northern Inland learners will be amongst them,” said Dr Don Perlgut, CEO of CCA.
CCA will run its National ACE Summit on 29 June 2021, from The Mint on Sydney’s historic Macquarie Street and online. The future of aged care workforce training will be one of two focus areas of the Summit.