LASA has welcomed report findings from the 2017 Student Outcomes Survey from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).
“Findings from the report show 96 per cent of LASA students have secured employment following their graduation, well above the national average of 78 per cent,” Mr Rooney said.
“Other results show that 91 per cent of students were satisfied with their training, 95 per cent of students would recommend their training and 93 per cent found their training relevant to their job.
“All benchmarks exceeded national averages and also those for private training providers.
“I congratulate LASA’s Registered Training Organisation and the team on their success and on being a leading and respected provider of accredited qualifications to the age services industry.”
The NCVER report provides a summary of the outcomes of graduates who completed their vocational education and training (VET) during 2016, with the data collected in mid-2017.
Mr Rooney said at a time of rapid growth in aged care, there is an enormous demand for aged care services and the corresponding workforce is fast becoming the biggest challenge facing aged care.
“We need to train and develop the ‘next generation’ of aged care workers,” Mr Rooney said.
“There are many genuine career opportunities across the sector that can make a meaningful difference to the lives of older Australians.
“Aged care professionals derive a sense of satisfaction from the positive benefits they bring to those they are caring for, they find their careers satisfying and value the career opportunities the sector provides.
“We need to create more awareness that working in aged care can be a very rewarding career pathway, both personally and professionally.”
Mr Rooney said LASA is the only aged care training provider that trains workers for the industry by the industry.
“LASA has always been committed to ensuring we deliver nationally recognised qualifications tailored to the needs of the aged care industry,” Mr Rooney said.
“Our students can be assured they are provided with the most relevant training the aged care industry needs, ultimately leading to greater opportunities for employment because our graduates are work ready.