Larry has had a long, 35-year career in Information Technology, running his own business and working as a network technician for various companies since the 1970s. When the online world started to change, particularly with increased digital footprints and the rise of social media, Larry decided he needed a career change.
Through his wife’s connections in community services, Larry completed a Certificate III in Individual Support and due to the skills shortages in the sector he very quickly gained work in Aged Care, supporting activities of daily living for persons in aged care facilities.
“After 18 months I was offered the opportunity to participate in training people in the Certificate III in Individual Support and soon discovered there is great satisfaction in helping learners to become quality carers for work in Aged and Disability care.
“In the last two years, I’ve found working in the aged care sector to be enjoyable and incredibly rewarding, although it can also be physically demanding. In one shift I’m likely to do between 10,000 and 14,000 steps which I can still manage but at the age of 63, I don’t know how much longer I can do that, so I looked into undertaking my Trainer and Assessment qualification”, Larry said.
Larry then looked online to see about undertaking the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE). The training site was also promoting the 50% funding available for the course costs, under the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers program so he also researched this option.
He soon realised that, along with the 50% funding for his course costs, the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers program could provide him with other insights and opportunities for his future, offering skills assessment and career mentoring support. He was connected to the program and was assigned a career advisor at BUSY At Work who deliver the program.
“The staff at BUSY At Work were very helpful in suggesting alternatives and encouraging me in upskilling. I completed the program and it reinforced for me that I was making the right choice. I was also pleased to discover that funding might be available to further my aims and get me started on the journey”, Larry said of the program.
Larry has since commenced his Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and has also undertaken a couple of units from a specialised presenter skills set course. This will allow him to work as a ‘trainer in training’ and has already led to some potential training opportunities, allowing him to potentially complete his TAE while working as a trainer.
With his career path now mapped out, Larry is looking forward to what the future brings!
For more information on the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers program visit www.skillscheck.com.au
Michelle Ryan, BUSY At Work
0407 169 029 or email firstname.lastname@example.org