New campus for Nambucca Vocational College

Media release | 7 July 2017

The opening of a new campus for the Nambucca Vocational College is welcome news for people in the region who want to upskill with the help of the NSW Government to work in the growing aged care sector.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, and Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey, today opened the new home for the college which is focused on the delivery of quality training for aged care services.

Mr Barilaro said the NSW Government, through Smart and Skilled, is funding the College to deliver pre-traineeship training in aged care.

About 92 job seekers have already enrolled in the Smart and Skilled Pre-vocational Skills program and 80% have completed the training.

“Government funded training is also being provided through Smart and Skilled for current Nambucca Valley Care staff who want to transition into leadership roles in the organisation as the business prepares for expansion,” Mr Barilaro said.

“All Nambucca Vocational College training is conducted under the guidance of qualified professionals with courses structured to ensure participants are job ready when they graduate and with an emphasis placed on relevant learning in the workplace.

“Since February 2015, 60 per cent of trainees have completed their traineeship and attained qualifications with many now working at Nambucca Valley Care’s aged care facilities Autumn Lodge and Riverside Gardens, with the remaining 17 continuing training.”

Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey, said the building of the new campus was funded by Nambucca Valley Care (NVC), a not-for-profit aged care organisation which has been providing residential aged care services and retirement living since 1976.

“This new Nambucca Vocational College campus comprises four modular classrooms including a lab, meeting rooms and student facilities to help drive aged care education in this beautiful region which is home to a large retiree population.

“The College specialises in qualifications to support people both in the community and residential settings and has a good track record for equipping people with the skills needed to pursue a rewarding and fulfilling career in the aged care industry.”

Nambucca resident Friedom (pronounced Freedom) Towney, an Aboriginal mother of four who worked in hospitality before enrolling in a Certificate III in Individual Support at Nambucca Vocational College, is now doing residential care, and hopes to later do a Certificate IV and then perhaps become an Enrolled Nurse.

“My aims have become much higher and I feel rewarded for making a difference to someone’s life,” Ms Towney said.

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