Need a course to take the next step? Find it on carecareers.

Introducing the NEW carecareers Course hub



If you’ve ever thought that you would like to take a course to advance your career, but were not sure where to find out about your options, perhaps we can help.


There is an ever-increasing variety of courses and training options available in our sector, and the opportunities for professional development have never been so strong or so numerous. There are also more training providers than ever before, so it’s important to choose those whose courses are best suited to the needs of the industry.


carecareers’ reason for being is to attract talented people into the disability, community and aged care  workforce and to encourage you to reach your potential.  We talk to thousands of people employed in the sector and would-be career changers every year.


We know that for many of you training is an essential step and you would welcome independent advice on which course to choose.  However up until now we have not had a preferred destination to which we could direct you.

Our new Course hub on carecareers will help close the gap.  It features a selection of courses from Registered Training Organisations operating in our sector.  You’ll find everything from short online courses to the key nationally recognised qualifications.

Our aim is to connect you with the industry’s best course providers and so we are partnering with organisations which have a shared vision for the project and the sector.  We don’t have training options for every area of the country yet, but the number of courses on offer will steadily grow.

But enough about us. This is your site, and we encourage you to check out the new Course hub and let us know how it can best help you.  Your feedback, suggestions and opinions have made carecareers what it is today, and we look forward to talking to you about new possibilities.

Click here for the Course hub. Happy exploring.



New collaborative model for migrants to train in Aged Care



SkillME is a three-year pilot project funded by NSW Government through Multicultural NSW to assist migrants in Inner Sydney with skills and qualifications to find suitable employment, by helping them through the complex process of having their skills and qualification recognised and through training or work placement pathways. Metro Assist is the SkillMe project manager.


SkillME runs training programs in collaboration with employers and other partners to develop high quality employees.  The structure and delivery of these programs is flexible to meet the needs of employers.


A good example of this collaborative model is a recent training program in the aged and disability sector with CASS (Chinese Australian Services Society), MTC Australia, BCA National and SkillMe working in partnership to provide staff for the new CASS Aged Care facility.


“Over the last 35 years, CASS has dedicated to serving the community and addressing the needs of migrants.  Through this joint venture with other passionate community partners, we hope to train up quality people to join the aged care industry and to address the culturally specific needs of the ageing population. Ivan Wong, Senior Executive Officer, Home Ageing Services, CASS Group.


In the model illustrated in the chart above, the roles of the partners are:

  • CASS is the employer partner who informs the program of their needs, selects the RTO together with Metro Assist and coordinates work placement of participants in a range of their services.
  • BCA National is the RTO providing the training in Certificate III in Individual Support.
  • MTC Australia provides the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program component which improves language, literacy and numeracy skills. This component is integrated into vocational training with language, literacy and numeracy skills being taught in this program having a strong vocational and industry focus.
  • SkillMe (Metro Assist) works with CASS to design the program, brings the appropriate partners together, connects participants who are suitable for the program and has overall management of the program.


From a SkillMe participant’s perspective this collaborative model provides the support they need while they are doing their vocational training. It not only cuts down the time for them to engage with individual services but most importantly the combination of employer engagement, vocational training and language, literacy and numeracy  training helps them to put skills and knowledge from the classroom in to a workplace context.


A SkillMe collaborative model training program has recently completed in the Furniture Removal and Warehouse Operation sector.  The English levels of participants improved dramatically over the 6-month training period and even at this early stage since program completion, over 55% of participants have found employment.


There is potential to conduct more of the SkillMe Collaborative Model Training Programs. If you would like to explore how this opportunity could work for you please contact:


April Pan, SkillME Coordinator at Metro Assist

T: 02 9789 3744          E:


True Stories: Tennille Owen – My first official employment!

Tenneille OwensI have been working as an Administrative Assistant for the Sport and Recreation Services department of The Disability Trust since August 2011. So far I have found it very enjoyable. My fellow colleagues in the service have been helpful with every aspect of the job from filing, photocopying and mailing. This is my first official office employment, after finishing my Certificate II in Business (I’m still studying Certificate III in Business Administration).

I was a little wary walking in but everyone has been very friendly, encouraging and understanding.

I have always wanted to do something to help the community, especially people who are disadvantaged in