Transcript for FedUni TAFE | Nazareth Care - Winners of the Employer Award for Apprentice Development

Nazareth Care Ballarat is a residential aged care facility with a history of serving the Ballarat community for over 100 years.

With a deep sense of social responsibility, we decided to extend our mission to support disadvantaged members of the Ballarat community as part of expanding our workforce.

Working with partners including FedUni TAFE, the Skills and Jobs Centre and the local apprenticeship provider MAS National, a group of mostly disadvantaged members of our community were recruited into Personal Care worker traineeships.

Addressing their individual challenges was critical to the success of the program. Individual strategies were developed to address the needs of each trainee, ensuring to date, 100% retention. With the added benefit of providing these individuals with an income and a future career pathway into health and aged care.

The employment of these trainees has had a significant positive impact on our workforce culture and the model is seen as an exemplar for other aged care facilities.