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ATA Training one of the first to deliver new Aged Care qualifications

West Australian care training specialist ATA Training is one of the first Registered Training Organisations in WA to offer the newly structured Nationally Recognised Training Certificate III and IV level care qualifications to those looking to work in the rapidly evolving Australian aged and disability care industries.

The RTO will launch their Nationally Recognised Training Qualifications Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, HACC and Disability) and Certificate IV in Ageing Support, March 1 at their Ascot training facility and take expressions of interest from students on the day.

ATA Training received the green light from Government training regulatory body Training Accreditation Council of WA (TAC) in a January re-accreditation audit to deliver the new courses. TAC was impressed with the RTO’s innovative approach to providing a practical training solution for the aged care sector, resulting in the early go ahead.

According to the RTO Manager Rathini Sonnadara, the practical nature of their course design with industry consultation and workshop-style delivery, marks a significant departure from the ‘off the shelf’ approach adopted by other training organisations.

“The new qualifications really mark a new approach to aged care training. We are fully focused on providing the actual practical skills this industry is telling us they need, as it faces unprecedented growth over the next decade or so.”

“Working in aged care is highly rewarding but also challenging. By giving our students the real world experience of an actual care delivery environment, they get the problem solving and decision making skills, plus, the latest healthcare knowledge that they need to be successful and resilient at work. It also sets a very realistic expectation of the industry they will be entering,” said Ms Sonnadara.

ATA Training consulted closely with aged and home care providers in the industry to develop the new courses.

“We have to offer a real solution to skilling the workforce that the growing aged care industry will need – caring for our elderly is an important and highly skilled job. We have focused on building great relationships with providers. They are telling us that they don’t want ‘good on paper’ students who have read all the text books or completed ‘self-paced’ books. They need actual job-ready, practically focused and resilient career carers”.

ATA Training offers the new certificates through a blended training environment including face to face workshops, student goal setting and consultation through training plans, a simulated real-life aged care training environment, a student networking program and practical work placements through its provider network.

“Training organisations will need to be innovative and offer creative training solutions to meet the changing needs of the aged care industry,” said Ms Sonnadara.

ATA Training launches the new Nationally Recognised Training Qualifications 1 March 2016.