There are many reasons to work in aged care. If you’re interested in this sector you probably know already that it’s more than just a job. Working in aged care is an opportunity to engage in fulfilling work, make a meaningful contribution to society, cultivate valuable skills, and foster rewarding relationships.
Aged care is not without its challenges, and finding the right training organisation is a way to ensure that you’ll be supported throughout your entire learning experience, from relevant and up to date training and advice, to practical placement and beyond.
At Selmar we are:
- Dedicated to learner success
- Invested in your personal development, education and wellbeing
- Achieving consistently high results in national surveys
- Constantly improving our online and distance learning modes
- Creating community in both education and aged care
Why choose Selmar?
Creating strong links between education and aged care. We strive to provide the best possible training so that you’ll be able to enter the sector with everything you need. Choosing Selmar is not just choosing a quality education provider – it’s joining a community of like-minded individuals who share a common goal.
We offer a range of online and in-person delivery modes as well as support at all stages of your learning experience. In a recent survey conducted by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 91.2% of learners reported they were satisfied with the training we provide. This is an encouraging result, and shows we’ve been successful in responding to new demands in education since the onset of the pandemic.
Our approach to learning
Our number one priority is you. We’re dedicated to supporting your learning and wellbeing, and believe that success comes from finding a work/life/study balance which suits your individual needs.
There are a range of reasons to choose Selmar as your training provider:
- Human-centred learning
- Dedicated trainer support
- Learner success team
- Learner inductions
- Practical placement + coordinator
- Workplace training
- Distance training
In every aspect of our relationship with learners, Selmar is here to support your aged care journey. Whether you’re just starting out, or looking to upskill and improve your employment options, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover how our approach can support you in achieving your goals.
We believe that learning should be human-centred. This means we value a style of education which sees an important crossover between education and life. We want you to be able to flourish academically as well as professionally, and to feel like you’re making a meaningful contribution to society. Human-centred learning means you’ll learn in ways that are not just focused on academic results.
A human-centred approach sees a person’s value in holistic terms, supports wellbeing, and cultivates a range of essential qualities which can enrich both life and learning.
Some of these qualities are:
As you might have guessed, these are also qualities which go a long way in aged care!
Dedicated trainer support
Getting the right training and support is integral to becoming the best aged care worker you can be. Our trainers have real-life experience and can support your learning by providing meaningful insights gleaned from working in aged care. They know what challenges you might face and the best ways to overcome them, and they know how rewarding this can be.
The goal for trainers is to support you to thrive. Working closely with a trainer means that your learning experience will be tailored to your needs. What’s more, the relationship between you and your trainer will lay a strong foundation for future professional relationships.
Learner Success Team
The Learner Success Team is here to help you get the most out of your learning experience. Talking to a member of the team is a chance for you to discuss your progress, any needs you have or challenges you might be facing.
Types of support we can help with are:
- Language support if English is not your first language
- Study tips for success
- Advice on how to maximise your learning potential
- Literacy and numeracy support
- Help with your resume
We’re here to help you identify issues as they arise and find solutions together.
When you commence study with us, we’ll invite you to attend a one-hour induction session which covers everything you need to know. This session is a great opportunity to familiarise yourself with how it all works, such as:
- Teaching and learning methods
- Kinds of assessment and what is expected of you
- Requirements for practical placement hours
- Our learning community hubs
- The online portal if you’re an online learner
Being open and inquisitive is a positive trait in aged care workers, and the induction session is a great time to ask questions. Remember, there’s no such thing as a wrong question, so ask away!
Practical placement support
Practical placement components are built-in to our courses to ensure that every learner is able to gain experience that is vital to their success and confidence in aged care. They’re also a great opportunity to put what you’ve learned into practice. Some learners even find employment through their placements.
We organise our practical placements in blocks throughout the course, so you can apply your knowledge and skills as you learn them. This is an important learning stage, so in addition to having regular contact with your trainer, we also assign Practical Placement Coordinators to help you to succeed.
You’ll also be able to join a pre-placement live information session which goes through everything you can expect from your first placement. We want you to feel confident and assured as you enter this exciting new stage of learning.
As one of our coordinators says:
“I know a lot of learners are nervous when they first start their placement, but by the end of it we see them grow in confidence and gain a deeper understanding of what their role in aged care really is.’ – Michelle Gleeson, Practical Placement Coordinator
With plenty of their own experience working in aged care, our coordinators know the ins-and-outs of the industry and the challenges learners might face. Coordinators can answer your questions, talk through new thoughts and experiences as you acquire them, and help find a placement in which you can thrive.
Workplace training enables you to work and study at the same time. You might already be working in aged care and looking to upskill, or you might be thinking about how to progress your career. To help optimise your training, our experienced trainers will check in with you along the way.
Some of the benefits of workplace training include:
- Earn while you learn
- Apply skills in real time
- Trainer support, including coaching and workplace visits
- Working hours are logged as placement hours
Finding a work/life/study balance which suits you is essential to learning well. We understand that everyone’s needs are different, and choosing a distance delivery mode means you get to choose when and how you learn.
Since the onset of the pandemic we’ve put a lot of thought into enhancing our distance learning experience. Choosing a distance learning delivery mode means you can study in your own time. Better yet, you can study at the best time for you.
It also means that you’re maximising your training outcomes by doing it your way. This might mean getting stuck into your coursework in the evenings at the local library, or perhaps you work best first thing in the morning in your home study area. Either way, aged care training that offers flexibility and distance training can help you create a study approach that suits.
There are many options to optimise your learning. It’s all about finding what’s right for you.
Take it from your peers
At the end of the day, it’s the learners who can tell us the most about what it’s like to study with Selmar. Here’s what some of them had to say:
“I recently completed my Certificate III in aged care through Selmar Institute. My trainer, Sonja, was absolutely amazing and supported me throughout my training and placement – I couldn’t have done it without her or her knowledge, patience and kindness. Thank you to the whole team at Selmar. I’m so excited to start my career with confidence that I have been trained and guided by you all!” – Elisha, Selmar graduate
“Enrolling into the course was seamless. Selmar staff were extremely helpful and organised the administration side. The support from the instructor, Michelle, throughout the course was outstanding, always available to run through information and assist with adding additional input into topics covered.
The simulation day and First Aid course was well organised even during trying COVID times. Placement was also organised by the Institute and was a smooth transition from learning environment to placement.
Highly recommend Selmar to anyone wanting to further their knowledge and skills.”
– Tammy, Selmar graduate (Cert III Individual Support)
Get in touch to commence a supported and valuable learning experience with us today.