Over the next decade, providers across Australia need to recruit an additional 650 aged care workers every month to keep up with the ageing population, in addition to replacing the 668-retiring staff per month. This creates an impending war for care talent, and the need to attract younger workers. The growth in demand for disability support in South Australia is expected to almost double in the coming three years. National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) 2016 statistics suggest 32,300 people will be accessing disability services in the state by 2019, up from 17,000 in 2016, enough to support 2050 full-time equivalent (FTE) new jobs. Due to these changes, there is an increased expectation of providers to customise services to consumer preferences and special needs, including various languages, cultures, religions and lifestyle preferences. In addition, care planning is goal-directed incorporating wellbeing, reablement and enabling approaches. South Australia’s Aged and Disability Care sectors are struggling to meet this demand and the pressure on services from an unprecedented growing and ageing population.
The problem is exacerbated by the difficulty Aged and Disability Care providers face in the creation of jobs for the right staff and staffing models along with employing and retaining these high-quality trained staff. Providers are also competing for a limited number of skilled staff and the growth and viability depends on being responsive to the customer needs, hence the introduction of Gratis Training.
Gratis Recruitment identifies that a baseline skill can be created to fit Aged & Disability services by:
- Identifying the needs of the sector through consultation and co-design
- Mapping skill sets to meet industry standards
- Delivering gap training
This creates a new workforce that addresses skill shortage while also providing career pathways and flexibility to the workforce and provides a model that works across all sectors to ensure care workers are working to full facility and not working in silos