Residential care workers have commenced TAFE-delivered vocational training to help them better assist children and young people with complex needs.
The training is part of the Victorian Government’s $8 million commitment funded through the Victorian Budget 16/17, for vocational training for Victorian residential care workers.
A consortium of five Victorian TAFEs, including Melbourne Polytechnic, SuniTAFE, Bendigo Kangan Institute, Federation Training, and The Gordon will provide the state-wide training.
Melbourne Polytechnic is the first TAFE to offer the training to residential care workers, with students enrolled for both March 2017 and April 2017 classes, with other TAFEs to follow later in 2017.
The new training will ensure workers have greater access to quality training as Victoria moves towards mandatory minimum qualifications for residential care workers by the end of 2017.
Workers will undertake a Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (residential and out of home care), or top-up training for those who have existing qualifications.
Developed in collaboration with the residential care sector, industry training providers and the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, the training will be offered to around 1,300 carers of vulnerable children and young people around Victoria.
The training will be funded by Skills First, the Victorian Government’s new approach to training and TAFE.
Funding to the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare has also been made available to support residential care workers undertaking this training.