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Working in the aged care sector is not all about ‘’Zimmer frames and mushy peas’’ according to Throsby MP Stephen Jones.
The shadow assistant minister for health was speaking at the Aged and Disability Careers Expo in Wollongong on Tuesday, where it was estimated that more than 1100 jobs would be up for grabs within the sector in the next 12 months.
Those would include direct care jobs, but extend to a variety of other roles including gardeners, drivers, kitchen, laundry, administration and executive staff.
‘’We know jobs are available in the aged and disability care sector – over 1000 in the next 12 months in this region, and double that each year over the following three years alone,’’ Mr Jones said.
Cunningham MP Sharon Bird added: ‘’It’s time for people to look outside the box and look at where the real growth sectors are.’’
Hundreds of job seekers met with over 30 employers and training organisations at the event, hosted by the Aged Care Illawarra Workforce Action Group for the second year.
Illawarra Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward said an ageing population, combined with the upcoming roll-out of the NDIS had created strong demand for jobs.
‘’The Illawarra continues to transform from a manufacturing and steel-making to a predominantly service-based economy,’’ he said. ‘’Health, aged care, and education and training now represent the largest employers in our region.’’
Read more at: http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/3830775/diverse-jobs-on-offer-in-boom-sector/