Selmar Education Institute is Australia’s first Registered Training Organisation to obtain accreditation from Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) for their Certificate III in Aged Care course. ACWA is the national body for over half a million community work practitioners in Australia.
According to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), over 10,000 new staff are needed in the Aged Care sector by 2017. The Aged Care industry is becoming one of Australia’s fastest growing industries because of the rise in our ageing population. “We recognise that “no man is an island” and in order to meet the demands of the Aged Care industry and the needs of our students, we must work closely with industry associations, and wider community organisations”, says Marcus Sellen, Selmar Education Institute’s Chief Executive Officer.
Since 2008, Selmar Education Institute has enrolled over 1,700 Aged Care students, currently have 9 professionals dedicated to service the Victorian Aged Care industry and our students are completing their practical placement in over 33 Aged Care facilities all across Victoria, and there are plans and processes in place to increase these figures dramatically in 2013.
Selmar Education Institute’s Aged Care students will all receive student membership with ACWA to give them a competitive edge in the job market – being a member of a professional association such as ACWA is increasingly becoming the standard recruitment criteria for the Aged Care industry.
About Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA)
ACWA’s role is to support community workers in every sphere of their work. ACWA promotes the profession of community work as a rewarding career and set standards and a code of ethics as a guide for exemplary practice. ACWA encourages young people, and older workers considering a change, to consider a career in this essential occupation. Above all ACWA believes that community workers, no matter what job title they work under or who they work with, deserve the support of a professional association to advocate for their interests.