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Make a real difference to the lives of people in need and their families. Prepare for a career in aged care, disability, and home and community care.
Build the right skills to support people with special care needs to live full lives and maintain connections with their communities.
Focusing on person-centred care approaches you will learn skills, techniques and procedures to meet the needs of individuals. Your learning will be guided by staff who have substantial professional experience in the care industry.
As part of your studies, you will have the opportunity to apply your learning through an extended work placement with an industry provider. This is a great opportunity to practise your skills under professional supervision and meet with a potential future employer.
- 100% free tuition for the Certificate III at a world-class, industry recognised university
- Workshops held 2 days a week for 7 months at RMIT University’s Melbourne CBD campus
- Full support to undertake 120 hours of work placement, gaining hands-on experience at reputable social service organisations
- Additional specialist content provided by Women with Disabilities Victoria and Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, as well as Experts by Experience.
Who can apply?
Scholarships are aimed at the following groups:
- Young people (under 30)
- People from a culturally or linguistically diverse background
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Expressions of Interest close: 2 March 2018
Applicants notified: Early March
Program duration: April – November 2018
This program is designed to offer you the flexibility to fit study around work and other commitments. Classes are delivered two days per week for 17 weeks, plus additional time for the industry placement.
Classes are delivered face-to-face, primarily at the Melbourne City campus.
Study will include a combination of face-to-face classroom-based activities and a simulated assessment environment.
RMIT’s specialised training room will enrich your learning experience and help prepare you for the workforce.
You will draw on knowledge learned in your work placement to complete practical assessment tasks.
You will learn through:
- analysis of case studies and scenarios
- group discussion and group work
- individual assignments.
All programs are delivered in English.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
This program has been developed in consultation with industry partners to ensure graduates are able to meet the needs and service priorities of the workforce.
The following industry organisations were consulted:
- BlueCross Aged Care
- Victoria by the Park
- Mccarthur Aged Care
- Sapphire Aged Care
- Relevant local council Aged and Disability Services
Work Integrated Learning
You'll participate in a 120-hour work placement with an industry provider of home and community care, residential aged care and community programs.
Work placement gives you the opportunity to apply the critical knowledge and skills gained during the program to a work setting. You will be assessed by an RMIT placement coordinator during your placement.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
As a graduate you’ll provide support to people in need in residential aged care settings, through community recreation, leisure and respite programs and within clients’ homes and other community settings.
Employment outcomes for this program include:
- personal care assistant
- community care worker
- personal care assistant
- in-home respite support worker
- planned activity assistant
- home and community care worker.
Growing demand for skilled carers
The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the rise in Australia’s ageing population has created a demand for more skilled carers in the workforce.
Program and course information
Launch your caring career and work with people who need you most
This program provides an excellent pathway for entering into a range of community services and health professions, including aged care, home care and disability support.