Striking the balance between work and studying is an area of concern for many learners. However, while getting this balance right may seem like a challenge, it doesn’t have to be.
If you’re new to study or vocational education you might not realise there are several delivery modes to choose from.
Choosing a delivery mode to suit your goals and lifestyle gives you greater control over your studies and the ability to thrive. We offer aged care training options developed to suit a range of lifestyles, giving you the flexibility and support you need to succeed.
What is a delivery mode?
For those new to study, the term ‘delivery mode’ might sound a little confusing. First, let’s break down what it means.
A delivery mode is the way training instructions are delivered to facilitate and support the learning process. In simple terms this means how the subject will be taught.
We offer three delivery modes:
The mode you choose will depend on your course and whether or not you’re already working in an aged care setting. Whatever mode you choose, you’ll receive support from our dedicated trainers and learner success team the entire way.
1. Distance Training
The first delivery mode we’ll cover is distance training. Distance training refers to a mode where learners are not physically present at learning centres or in the classroom.
Distance training is available to those not currently working in a community services organisation.
The type of distance training varies by course. Learners studying aged care will undertake their training on paper. This means you’ll have physical copies of your study materials which you’ll complete in your own time.
Study to suit your lifestyle while still receiving trainer support
While some people will immediately see the benefits of distance training, to others it might sound like you’ll be learning by yourself. Don’t worry – you won’t be doing it alone. We pair you with a dedicated trainer who will provide support and guidance when you need it. We also help to organise practical placement in a convenient location. During placement, your trainer will drop by to check in with you and provide ongoing support.
In summary, the benefits of distance training include:
- Study when it suits you
- Develop a relationship with your trainer via email, online messaging and phone
- We help you arrange practical placement in a setting that works for you
- Regular visits from your trainer during placement
2. Workplace Training
Workplace training is for those who are already employed and wanting to take the next step in their career. Basically, workplace training means studying while continuing to work at the same time.
Again, the type of workplace training varies by course: learners studying aged care will undertake paper-based training. This means you’ll have physical copies of your study materials to complete outside of work hours, at a time which suits you.
Workplace training means reaching your goals sooner
When you choose workplace training, you won’t have to sacrifice your income in order to study. For many students financial security can be a real problem – but with workplace training you won’t have to worry, giving you the time and space you need to focus on learning. What’s more, workplace hours count as placement –you won’t need to put in any extra time to get your qualification.
Another clear benefit is being able to put everything you’re learning into practice on the job in real-time. This means cementing your knowledge as you attain it and speeding up the process of becoming competent.
You’ll also have the support of a passionate and experienced trainer who will visit your workplace to catch up and provide ongoing coaching.
In summary, the benefits of workplace training include:
- Earn while you learn
- Apply learning in real-time
- Regular visits from your trainer
- Working hours are logged as placement hours
3. Supported Classroom Learning
It’s been a while, but we’re finally back in the classroom. Our latest delivery mode offers you the opportunity to study aged care in person, with all the benefits that being in the classroom entails.
For those who choose this delivery mode, you’ll attend classes 2 days per week over the course of a 12-week term. This will be followed by distance learning and practical observations.
We also offer a virtual classroom option for those who can’t make it to campus but still want to enjoy the interactive benefits of classroom learning.
Studying in-person has a unique range of benefits
We’ve gotten used to doing everything online, but it’s easy to forget how many advantages there are to learning in person.
Classroom learning gives you immediate access to your trainers and the opportunity to learn from your peers in a collaborative environment. You will be able to ask questions, discuss new topics and problem-solve with a group of like-minded people. It’s an opportunity to build the interpersonal skills which will take you far in your future career as a carer.
What’s more, you’ll have access to all the resources the classroom has to offer. Forget about noisy households or the distractions of working from home. Our classroom has a dedicated study space where you’ll be able to enjoy much needed quiet time and interact with peers and your trainer as needed.
To sum up just a few of the benefits:
- Get help from your trainers in real time
- Collaborate with your peers
- Social interaction
- Access to resources
- Structured and immersive learning
- Fast-track into work placement
Reach your goals by choosing the study mode that’s right for you
Deciding on the right delivery mode is an integral part of committing to a new course. Knowing what option suits your lifestyle and individual needs means that you’ll have more opportunities to succeed, feel supported and reach your career goals.
The team at Selmar can answer your questions and go through our delivery modes to find out what’s right for you.