The Banyule Nillumbik LLEN has responded to the local industry needs and coordinated the development of a number of courses that will address a significant shortage in the Health and Community Services sector.
Key industry representatives, training providers and representatives from local schools have worked together to significantly increase pathways into Health and Community Services.
In 2010, a pilot program with Mercy Health’s training division was implemented. As a result of this trial, and the success that is currently being experienced, three new programs have been offered for 2011. These programs will be run with NMIT, RMIT and Mercy Health and will create different pathways into a variety of Health and Community Services jobs.
Health is the largest employer in Australia and with an aging population will continue to have strong employment opportunities. Providing secondary school students with an opportunity to explore the various aspects of the Health industry should enhance their knowledge and commitment to further study in this field.