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Health Training Australia: Offering quality care-based traineeships

10-Jun-2014

Established by the Australian Medical Association in Western Australia more than 15 years ago to support the recruitment needs of business and medical practices, Health Training Australia (HTA) is an industry specific group training organisation (GTO) with a primary focus on traineeships in aged care, home care and disabilities.

In 2001, HTA expanded to become a registered training organisation (RTO), delivering training to more than 2,500 trainees in aged care, home care, disability, mental health, leisure and health and health support services.

HTA secures its edge over competitors by offering comprehensive training and employment to ensure trainees are well developed and hold the required skills and knowledge to operate effectively in the relevant industries.

Trainees are recruited through a Preparation for Employment course to determine their suitability as a care worker, which allows prospective host employers to observe the trainees to ensure the most suitable individuals are placed in available roles.

Those employed and mentored by HTA are also trained by the organisation and attend ongoing classroom-based training one day per week. The combination of employment with regular training opportunities produces a "skilled and highly regarded care worker".

"HTA has worked very hard over many years, both as a GTO and an RTO, to have traineeships recognised as an important vehicle in the development of the skills of care workers," HTA Manager Geoffrey Jones explained in an interview.

The high quality of aged care traineeships offered by HTA has seen a number of individuals achieve significant success in this industry. In particular, an Indigenous single mother was supported by HTA as she balanced her home life commitments with study to achieve a Certificate III in Aged Care.

The dedication, positive outlook and passion for caring for others that she showed on the job led to her being nominated for; and winning the Aged and Community Services (WA)  (ACSWA) Trainee of the Year Award; and being selected as an Ambassador for Traineeships by the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development. On completing her traineeship she planned to study nursing and work with Indigenous communities in the North of Western Australia.

Contact Health Training Australia at www.htawa.com.au