Macedon Ranges: Health and Community Services Strategy
According to Macedon Ranges Training Needs Analysis draft report data 2013 (to be released early 2014), the Health and Community Services sector is anticipated to grow by 100% in the next 5 years. Eighty-six percent of employers in the Macedon Ranges area in the sector will be looking to employ workers locally. Macedon Ranges is predicted to increase significantly in population levels in all age brackets, predominantly in the older age brackets. There is likely to be increased demands on the Community Services and Health Care industry in future years. The highest levels of growth in youth employment in Macedon Ranges are forecast to include Health and Community Services.
These factors highlight the importance of industry, schools and training providers to work collaboratively to ensure our community is well provided for in the future and to support its young people to pathway into employment in the sector. Central Ranges LLEN and Workplace Learning Coordinators Program are seeking to work with organisations to tackle the issues with other stakeholders in the area.
To action this we have developed a Macedon Ranges Health and Community Services Strategy aiming to achieve a well-coordinated approach to sustaining increased numbers of young people undertaking education and training in the future. To achieve this goal the strategy will aim to increase students undertaking Vocational Education Training in Schools (VETis) and School Based Apprenticeships (SBA’s), provide support to the local Health and Community Services industry so they are able to increase students involvement, increase student interest and understanding of the sector, and increase collaboration between organisation, schools and Registered Training Organisations to ensure consistent delivery of training.
A Health and Community Services Information day was held in July 2013 at Kyneton Community and Learning Centre for Year’s 10 and 11 students interested in working in the sector. As a result fifteen students have enrolled to undertake a School Based Apprenticeship in Allied Health Assistance and twenty-five have enrolled in VETis Community Services.
Other strategies still to be implemented include, the development of a health and community services manual for schools and workplaces, the development of a Health and Community Services Network, and working with the Macedon Ranges VET Cluster.
The Health Industry Work Placement Manual is a guide for schools, students and health providers that aims to assist parties to establish and undertake work experience and structured workplace learning in the health industry.
Central Ranges LLEN, in partnership with St. Mary’s College and Seymour Health, devised the manual to address the shortage of qualified workers and scant training opportunities in the local health and hospital industries.
Mitchell & Murrindindi: Health Industry Work Placement Manual
The manual’s contents
The Health Industry Work Placement Manual includes:
- an overview of each local health service, listing work experience and workplace opportunities
- work experience checklists – how to secure a position, what to expect and what is required before, during and after a placement
- workplace learning checklists
- resources – confidentiality, privacy and security forms, a logbook and additional information.
Developing the manual and creating opportunities for training in the health industries
Health service providers are facing increased demand for their services, an ageing population and workforce, and changing technology. We wanted to explore how local young people could gain experience in the health industry and a pathway into a health-related career.
To find out more we undertook the following initiatives:
- facilitating the development of Vocational Education & Training in schools (VETis) program for schools across Mitchell and Murrindindi Shires.
- we invited CEOs of the five local hospitals to a meeting in July 2010 to discuss creating opportunities in hospitals for young people. The result was action plans to look at sharing school-based apprenticeship training or creating apprenticeships managed by more than one hospital to ensure students had a broad experience
- proposing a funded industry placement for a local careers teacher. We approached Seymour Health to take on Brian O’Dwyer, Careers and VET Co-ordinator at St. Mary’s College Seymour, so that he could to explore health careers and develop work experience programs for Lower Hume school students. We also successfully applied for an Australian Government industry scholarship to fund the program and the development of the Health Industry Work Placement Manual.
Click here to view news article on Health Industry Work placement Manual Launch from North Central Review
Click here to view the Health Industry Manual 2013 – Hume
If you are interested in getting a copy of the Health Industry Work Placement Manual or finding out more about our work in the health and hospital industries, please contact us on 03 57811014 or [email protected].