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NSW business chamber leading aged care industry workforce development through e-learning

Release Date

02 April 2013

The NSW Business Chamber has been successful in securing Federal Government funding as part of the National VET E-learning Strategy to increase workforce capability in the Aged Care industry.
The National VET E-learning Strategy is aimed at strengthening the Australian training sector’s use of new learning technologies, stimulating innovative approaches to increasing participation in training and employment, and improving the skill levels of the Australian workforce
The Safety Leadership Program is being delivered through an exciting partnership between the NSW Business Chamber, Australian Business Training Solutions as the Registered Training Organisation (RTO), and Blue Care. Blue Care is the business partner and recipient of the workforce development program in the Aged Care industry.
Increased accessibility to workforce and professional development through e-learning in the area of work health and safety training is a key focus of the program. Three units of competency from the Nationally Recognised Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety will be delivered through a flexible learning model into regional, rural, remote and metropolitan areas of QLD and northern NSW.
“This program is about skilling Australians in key industry sectors and providing them with the opportunity to develop these competencies to improve workforce participation and productivity and deliver a stronger aged care sector,” said Bronwyn Dallow, General Manager at the NSW Business Chamber.
“With an ageing population, aged care facilities and their management and staffing will become increasingly important to the Australian community. We have to make sure that employees in the aged care industry are ready with the right skills to provide the service and support the community will be expecting in the future.
“Working with Blue Care and utilising new ways of learning through webinars and on-demand training this program will enhance workforce capability in the aged care and community services. It is a program of high-quality, customised training and professional development opportunities to support attraction and retention strategies in the industry.
The primary partner organisation, Blue Care, is one of Australia’s leading service providers with 8200 staff and 2300 volunteers, assisting people with services in people’s homes, in the community and in its residential aged care facilities and retirement living villages.  Blue Care Director of Human Resources, John Hoffman, said Blue Care is a diverse organisation working within the ever changing landscape of health and aged care services.  
“Delivering training to staff in a range of centres and facilities across Queensland and northern NSW presents its challenges such as geography, shift work and work scheduling,” Mr Hoffman said.
“E-learning provides a flexible, yet interactive delivery method of learning.
“Blue Care is keen to explore all facets of E-learning to know how it best suits our business and maximises staff engagement and learning outcomes.”
Australian Business Training Solutions is a leading safety and business training organisation, and has been training Australian professionals for 25 years.
The National VET E-learning Strategy is the responsibility of the Flexible Learning Advisory Group (FLAG), a key policy advisory group on national directions and priorities for information and communication technologies in the VET sector.
The Aged Care industry sector is supported through co-investment between the NSW Business Chamber and the Industry System Change business activity of the National VET E-Learning Strategy, an initiative of the Australian and State and Territory Governments.
More information is available from the E-learning for Industry website at industry.flexiblelearning.net.au
© Commonwealth of Australia 2013
Media contact: Kelly Webb 07 3842 2384 or Kristy Harwood 0488 723 254

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