HEATHCOTE Health and Bendigo TAFE have buddied up.
The partnership is a key element of Bendigo TAFE’s new Health and Community Centre of Excellence.
The centre, which is set to open in early 2018, is designed to combat future skills shortages in the health and community services sector using teaching and workforce planning to predict future demand.
Bendigo TAFE’s chief executive Trevor Schwenke said close collaboration and consultation with industry will be the key to the success of the centre.
“Together we will seek to address the number and skill level of health and community services workers,” he said.
“These partnerships are important to address the impact of the growing ageing population and increase in prevalence of chronic disease within the community.
“Our strong connections with industry will enhance regional education and employment opportunities. Our graduates will be work ready because their training is aligned to industry needs.”
Heathcote Health chief executive Dan Douglass said the new partnership would help shape Heathcote as a centre for excellence in health and community services.
‘‘We look forward to working with Bendigo TAFE to identify, develop and promote training programs that provide career pathways for our staff and volunteers,” he said. “A particular emphasis of the partnership will be on supporting local residents with training that enables them to work in their local community.
‘‘The partnership will complement plans to develop a dementia village in Heathcote. Bendigo TAFE will be able to develop tailor-made courses that lead to certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas in aged care.’’