Fast-track your career in aged care and disability support!

Applications are now open for two new programs offering direct pathways to further study and employment in aged care and disability support.

  • Certificate II in Introduction to Aged Care
  • Certificate II in Introduction to Disability Care

Offered through North Metropolitan TAFE (NMT) the industry-endorsed Certificate II courses include valuable work placements with well-known healthcare providers Brightwater, MOSAIC, Nulsen Disability Services, Senses Australia, Bethanie, Juniper or Southern Cross Care. Students who successfully complete the program at NMT will be eligible to go on to study the relevant Certificate III course, and could be considered for employment as a trainee by their work placement employer.

Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) Director General Anne Driscoll said streamlining training and work placement will increase student’s chances of continuing onto employment within the industry. “There is a rising demand for services in the disability and aged care sectors, and these courses have been designed to meet industry skill gaps and provide an important pathway for workers entering the disability and aged care workforce. Our offerings are delivered by leading training providers and industry experts in this field.”

The health care and social assistance industry employs more than 172,000 Western Australians, however forecasts show this will grow by almost 40,000 people by 2023. “Disability Support workers make a tremendous difference to the quality of life for people living with physical or intellectual disabilities by promoting social connectedness, independence, emotional wellbeing and general health. Aged care is equally rewarding as you assist a wide variety of older people with daily living and helping them feel connected with the community,” Ms Driscoll said. The pathway programs address a skills need identified in the WA State Training Board's Social assistance and allied health workforce strategy released earlier this month.

To enrol in the courses prospective students will need to attend the information sessions on 1 and 2 May 2019, which will provide an overview of the program, the selection process and an opportunity to meet industry partners. 

More information is available on the North Metropolitan TAFE website.

Media contact:

Carrie Soderberg
Senior Media Officer 
Department of Training and Workforce Development

08 6551 5383

Page last updated July 28, 2020