Media Release: Jewish Care Victoria

Media Release
3 February 2015
By Donna Surdut

Inaugural Graduating Class for Jewish Care
and Selmar Partnership

The inaugural graduation of students who have completed Certificate III in Aged Care/ Home and Community Care took place this week at Jewish Care, with ten graduates receiving their qualification.

The nationally-accredited aged care course was delivered on a part-time basis, over a six month period, which included a combined 140 hours of work placement in one of Jewish Care’s residential aged care facilities.

Some of the proud graduates of the Jewish Care/Selmar Certificate III in Aged Care/ Home and Community Care course with Selmar trainer Jenny Astorino (left), Jewish Care CEO Bill Appleby(back) and Selmar CEO Marcus Sellen (right)

Jewish Care, together with preferred Registered Training Organisation (RTO) partner Selmar Aged Care Education Institute, offered this Dual Certificate III in Aged Care/Home and Community Care in-house for the first time. The course prepared the students for work as a Personal Care Worker. It is designed to teach the skills and provide the knowledge to enable graduates to assist elderly people in maintaining their personal care and daily activities in their own homes or in a residential setting. Work placement at one of Jewish Care’s aged care residences was offered to complement the studies, with the prospects of a long-term job placement now that their course is completed.

“The course not only gave me the confidence to help the elderly, but made me understand Jewish heritage and cultural values”, says graduate Pawanpreet Kaur, who now has secured herself a full time job at Smorgon Family Nursing Home.
The blended learning approach included classroom based workshops and practical work placement in a supportive environment with access to a range of resources and services to assist participants during studies. The course is designed to explain the ethics and culturally-sensitive values of the Jewish community and policies and procedures of Jewish Care.

Bill Appleby, Jewish Care CEO (left) and Marcus Sellen, Selmar CEO, present graduate Pawanpreet Kaur with her certificate.

Five of the graduates have already commenced work at Jewish Care, two in residential and three in community care.
The next intake commences on 3rd of March 2015.
For further information please contact or Education Coordinator Yael Bayer on (03) 8517 5986.





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