Skills to help you standout in care and support

28 November, 2021


Imagine if you finished every workday knowing you had made a positive impact on someone’s life.

That’s what it feels like to work in the care and support sector.

And jobs in the sector suit all sorts of people(External website, Opens in new window).

It’s a workforce full of passionate and skilled workers who help people with disability, veterans and older people(External website, Opens in new window) live full lives. Those who work in this sector also support the family and friends of these people.

If you’re compassionate, reliable and enjoy helping others, this could be the fulfilling job you’ve been looking for. There has never been a better time to upskill for a career in care and support, with access to free and low-fee places in courses now available to eligible people through JobTrainer.

The benefits of working in care and support

One of the best parts about being a care and support worker(External website) is the meaningful relationships you build with the people you care for. But it’s also the opportunity to make someone feel empowered, independent and included in the community that draws people from all walks of life to this line of work.

While it’s true you will help others, a job in care and support has a huge range of other benefits to offer.

  1. No two days are the same

    Each person has different support needs, so your tasks will change to match their needs. A day at work could range from cooking and gardening to going to see a movie, learning a new hobby, or attending an AFL game with them.

    Having fun and building real, warm relationships with the people you’re supporting is all part of the job. You’ll likely help them with practical activities like meals and getting ready for the day, but you’ll also spend a lot of time working to nurture their interests and help them achieve their goals.

    Care and support work gives you the chance to think on your feet and collaborate with other health professionals. All while helping people create lives that they want to live.
  2. Flexible work arrangements

    The variety of roles available in care and support work means that you can choose an arrangement that suits you, whether that’s full-time, part-time or casual roles. This allows you to strike a balance between work and home life.

    Whatever the reason, the flexibility of the job means it can be a great option for people from all backgrounds, education levels and experiences.
  3. Work independently

    If you enjoy problem solving and finding solutions independently, then care and support work could be for you.

    You won’t spend your working day in an office. You’ll spend it working one-on-one with the people you support, providing care and companionship.

    You will adapt your tasks, responses and communication according to whatever’s happening that day with the person you care for, and you’ll get the space you need to take ownership of the role.
  4. Free or low-fee courses to prepare you for a career in the sector

    The care and support sector is growing, which means it needs more people. To help people get the skills they need to work in the sector, free or low-fee courses are available for eligible people through JobTrainer.

    That means you may be eligible to get a nationally recognised qualification from leading providers across the country for free or a low fee. Once you’ve completed your course, you’ll have the skills to work in one of the country’s fastest growing and in-demand industries.

Find out more about care and support work.(External website, Opens in new window)

Prepare for a job that makes a difference

Whether you’re a school leaver, career changer or looking to enhance your skills, joining the care and support sector is a smart career move.

You’ll be jumping into a growing industry with strong opportunities for stable, paid work that will open doors to a variety of flexible roles. Plus, it's a great feeling to know you’re doing something meaningful that gives back to the community. JobTrainer can help you upskill with a free or low-fee care and support course.

A JobTrainer funded course is a great way to prepare you for work in the industry and help you fast-track your future.

You can find out more about the JobTrainer funded courses like the Certificate III in Individual Support(External website, Opens in new window) and the Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance(External website, Opens in new window) on the MySkills website(External website).

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