The Community Services sector includes children’s care, health care and youth work. All these sectors have undergone legislative changes in the past few years making some qualifications mandatory for employment. Learning at Australian Workplace Training is a mixture of industry relevant theory and a practical component of not less than 100hrs.
The whole community care sector includes the specialist areas as listed below and also includes volunteer organisations and emergency services.
Children’s Services is about pre-school care and out of school hours care (OHSC), it basically deals with under 13’s. Work in a childcare centre, school classroom or a school OSHC. This sector has recently undergone a change in its employment base in that employees require qualifications to work in it. In addition, employees must maintain their First Aid and Child Safe Environments certification.
Working with youth could entail working or volunteering for a sporting organisation, church group, social organisation– anywhere where with under 18’s are in a supervised situation. Youth justice is where the youth have been directed by the justice system to be in the care and direction of authorised community and/or government agencies. Some of the units of competency are compliance certification such as First Aid and Child Safe Environments.
This sector is growing at a faster pace than there are employees to fill gaps. It includes aged care, mental health, disability, and home & community support services. There are opportunities available for studying combined qualifications: for example, Aged Care with Disability is a useful bundle of qualifications which assists employability.
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