Caring creates jobs
Continuing Education Bendigo partnering with Care Beyond Measure
When Care Beyond Measure, an in-home personal care service, approached Continuing Education Bendigo about their difficulty recruiting suitably qualified and trained personal carers, the wheels were put in motion for what became the One for Care program to attract and retain people to the personal care sector
The program offers both employment and learning outcomes for participants, providing learners with three qualifications at the Certificate III level (Aged Care, Home and Community Care, Disability Work)
Learners combine attendance at class with workplace components where they are mentored by an employee of Care Beyond Measure. Mentors also benefit from their involvement by obtaining competency in a unit from the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
One of the great successes of the program is that it has helped attract more men to the personal care industry – not an easy thing to achieve. The program has clearly hit the mark. There are already more people interested than places available in the course.
Diversitat partnering with Golden Farms
As one of Geelong’s leading members of the Learn Local network, Diversitat offers a diverse range of programs and courses. More recently, the focus has been on building sustainable and innovative partnerships with local businesses to deliver high-quality, pre-accredited and accredited, employment-related training programs.
A great example of this focus is their work with Golden Farms (formerly Bartter Steggles Enterprises), a leading food processor with operations in Geelong.
Diversitat was approached to provide in-house staff training programs for Golden Farms. They have since provided more than 2,000 Golden Farms employees with training in Certificate II and III in Food Processing. The success of this program has led to Diversitat being selected as the food company’s national provider of training and it now delivers training to staff in most states in Australia.
“Our close working relationship is built on trust and on our willingness to work with the customer to ensure we cater to their training needs which vary quite widely from site to site,” said Judy Jamieson, Training Manager for Diversitat.
Caution: Workplace Training
Wyndham Community and Education Centre partnering with Vertech Hume
Due to decades of oppression under military regime in Burma/Myanmar, there is a large proportion of displaced Burmese who are accepted into Australia each year as refugees – over 50% of these people speak little or no English. One of the major ethnic groups from Burma are the Karen, a large proportion of whom have settled into the community in Wyndham in Melbourne’s West.
Vertech Hume Pty Ltd recently employed five Karen men to work in their factory operating specialised machinery. To help improve the communication of these employees Vertech Hume enlisted the help of a local Karen community member to teach English, however, they quickly realised that they needed more tailored and structured delivery of training.
Through the assistance of Skills for Growth, Vertech Hume tendered out the supply of training of these employees. Due to their flexible delivery methods, the successful tenderer was Learn Local organisation, Wyndham Community and Education Centre which now delivers in-house training for these Vertech Hume staff.
The Karen workers have completed two units out of the Certificate I in ESL (Access) – spoken and written English. The training is developed and delivered in the workplace so that it is tailored to the specific needs of staff – in this case the students learnt to read basic technical machinery and operations text and relevant OH&S materials.
Vertech Hume is extremely happy with the results of this training partnership – increased capacity and involvement from staff, confidence, safety and community engagement outside of the workplace – and is planning further educational opportunities for staff. Tamas Hume, the General Manager from Vertech Hume Pty Ltd says, “Having started the education process we are committed to continue and give these guys the tools to improve the lives of themselves and their families.”
More information and a short video about the program at Vertech Hume is available from