Many Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) identify as a Caregiver. This is due to the fact that caregiving is one of the most in-demand skilled occupations around the world.
According to the Dictionary.com: “a Caregiver is a person who cares for someone who is sick and disabled”. A caregiver must combine their knowledge, skills, and personalities to help manage the patient’s’ condition.
This article seeks to focus on one aspect – knowledge. The knowledge needed to efficiently care for a person must be acquired through formal training. The country is blessed with an abundance of universities and centers that offer caregiving and nursing courses. A tight budget is hurdle that you can successfully pass as you can avail the university’s scholarship or financial scheme. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the government’s subsidised course under TESDA.
TESDA offers a 786-hour course called the “Caregiving NC II“. It is a face-to-face course that teaches the proper ways of supporting senior citizens, infants, and toddlers as well as individuals with special needs. Please secure the following requirements:
(a) Copy of NSO Birth Certificate
(b) High School or College Diploma
(c) Certified Copy of Transcript of Records or Form 137
(d) Certificate of Good Moral Character, and
(e) Recent Pictures.
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Practical Nursing Course
Some TESDA Accredited Health Care schools offer a Practical Nursing course. Practical nurses look after people who are sick, disabled, and injured. A job as a Nursing Aide is feasible upon finishing this course. You will be happy to know that Australia’s Skilled Occupation list includes Registered Nurse (Aged Care).
Support this previously gained knowledge and elevate your chances of landing the job by enrolling for an Aged Care course in Australia. The course’s curriculum will help you to take care of elderly and disabled individuals. As Australia’s general population ages, the jobs in the Aged Care industry are guaranteed to stay.
Online and Offline Aged Care Courses
Aged Care courses exists in two major forms: online and offline. Both of these will award you with a “Certificate III in Individual Support”. Let me start with the online course.
Open Colleges offers a course in partnership with the ICM Training. This course includes a practical work placement to provide experience in an Aged Care facility. It is approximately completed within a year. There are no formal education requirements for this.
The second form takes shape in the classroom. Enrol for the Certificate III in Individual Support in-class course if you plan to work for the ageing community in Victoria. It is perfectly suited for the people who want to contribute to the elderly’s quality of life. This course lasts for about 6 months.
Filipinos are among the frontrunners when it comes to caregiving. It is not so much about the quantity of the Filipino caregivers abroad but about the quality of care that they provide. If you think that you have what it takes to become a Caregiver in OZ, search for vacancies at jobactive and SEEK.