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Peppercola

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Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:04 pm

I cannot believe this, I am really having a hard time finding a facility that will take me in to do my 120 hours.  They all say they have enough students already or that they simply do not accept students at their facility because it slows their PCAs with their work if they train students.  How can someone like me gain experience when I could not even put my foot in the door? I mean, I was not told about this at the training school, in fact it was the total opposite - plenty around, no problem getting into one, etc. 

Big lie! If I've known this is going to happen, I would not have bothered and pursued other courses. To those who are contemplating going into this course, make sure your training school provides you with work placement.

Complete waste of time and money to say the least.

Caghs

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May 11, 2013, 05:05 am

Have you tried volunteering? I volunteered at my current facility, and when I handed in my resume, they kind of dismissed it until they saw I was already a volunteer there. Then they were interested, I got a work placement, and then a job. All this with NO training at all! (I started my course after the fact)

If you're getting frustrated, that might be an avenue to try. A lot of facilities have volunteer departments; try getting in touch with them, and go from there. For one thing, it looks good on your resume. For another, familiarity with the facility is a selling point, as they don't have to spend as much time on training you because you already know your way around.

liveitup

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May 12, 2013, 04:14 pm Last edited May 12, 2013, 04:14 pm update #1

Peppercola ! Did you try placing a AD on gumtree??? Best wishes:-)

modified: Monday 13 May 2013 5:32:27 pm - liveitup

New.Beginning

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Jun 10, 2013, 09:16 pm

Hang in there, I contacted a number of places and got rejected as well, but I finally found one place and my neighbour doing the same course found another place in another suburb. If you are in Melbourne I can recommend a couple of places.

KylieO

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Jun 20, 2013, 08:24 am

Hi there.  Hope you have found a placement?  I am currently doing my cert 3 and the place I am doing actually puts you in a placement as part of their responsibilities (if you stuff it up or don't like the placement they give you then you do have to find your own though)  Hope it is ok and you are in a placement?

Who did you do it through? (if you don't mind me asking?)

sandyjoan

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Jun 27, 2013, 03:14 pm

Yes I was also wondering where you have gone through for your course?

Have you tried ringing around to facilities? I did mine a while ago, but I found I had to get in contact with a fair few because placements are in demand by all the new aged care students. Also, do you need to do 120 hours? My course was between 80-240 hours depending on how much work I was assessed on before starting (meaning I only needed the 80 hours!)

KylieO

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Jun 27, 2013, 04:53 pm

SandyJoan - You are lucky! I have to do 150 hours!!!!!  Bloody slave labour!!  I am hoping that my facility has a place for me at the end so I don't have to job hunt, but at least I will have experience.

It is disappointing that the facilities don't pay you something - even school kids doing work experience get $5 a day!  we get nothing.  I don't know if I would want my grandparents to be looked after by people who are being paid nothing - I would prefer they gave them a small allowance to at least cover costs for the students

deecee13

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Jul 06, 2013, 07:20 pm

I can only sympathise with the many students trying to get into Aged Care these days.  I never thought I would ever see a time when there would be an over-supply of nurses that's for sure. Looking in hindsight one should always check who is responsible for the work placement.  I actually trained for three years with an RTO who organised the placement and on-site assessments of the students in collaboration with the facility Educator and floor staff.  Of course arranging and scheduling the placement was always the challenge as there were other RTO's also pushing for the places.  There was also a University in the area wanting to place their 1st and 2nd yr student RN's.  When I finished training in 2010 it was more difficult placing students for Cert III Aged Care (even with 10 or so facilities in close proximity)than for Cleaners (Asset Management III). All things relative, it all comes down to the facilities and their demand for staff with limited budget, and the RTO's pumping out graduates as long as the $'s roll in, regardless of vacancies at the end of the course.  Sorry to say.

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Jun 24, 2014, 08:12 pm

It sounds a lot like applied care!

promise you the world then make you find your own placement, almost impossible.

especially with their reputation.

make sure your course provider organises placement, ask where it is and ring and check with the aged care home before you start!

otherwise find a training company that does organise placement

nothappy

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Aug 28, 2014, 10:10 pm

Hi everyone. Im not happy at all regarding this same issue. I live in gold coast and i have gone to various facility for my work placement. All of them claimed that they already have education provider registered with them and my provider is not among. I am still new in Australia as this is my 6th week. Everything is frustrating. Can anyone suggest any aged care that can welcome individual like me to do my 80hrs placement?

davidyoyo

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Oct 13, 2014, 04:23 pm

HI There, Is anyone have an Idea where can I get work placement to complete 120 hours of Certificate 3 of Aged Care?Please let me know?

Im really having a hard time finding training placement . I have been calling a numbers of  facilities ,all answer is no no no no no sorry sorry sorry sorry bla bla bla... 

Poor me , hahaha.. 

thanks guys and hope to hear great news from one of us

Chaiyut

Lyndal

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Jan 22, 2015, 01:37 pm

Davidyoyo did you find a place?? I had to find my own placement as well but I found somewhere who would allow it. I'm also in Vic, happy to pass the facility name onto you if you're still looking.

Boeutkce

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Feb 26, 2015, 02:02 pm

I'm in the same boat. Feeling a bit peeved as the emphasis throughout the theory was about the shortage of workers. Feeling angry at myself as I feel duped. Good way to rake in money for the colleges.

SamuelW

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Mar 18, 2015, 02:20 am

Hi Lyndal,

I'm having hard time to find a placement... Do you mind if you let know which aged care placement you have found?

You help will be greatly appreciated!

Regards,
Sam

annafedorenko

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Apr 05, 2015, 10:29 pm

Tough issue...

Boeutkce

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Apr 09, 2015, 01:33 pm

If anyone is reading this before starting Certificate III please make sure you do a course which organises the work placement for you, rather than having to organise the work placement yourself. Many of the colleges organise work placement for students in blocks, eg 15 students from one college organised to go a nursing home. If you are a student having to organise your own work placement you are not just competing against other students but also against colleges.

I would especially avoid any of the online courses.

LG

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May 02, 2015, 03:09 pm

12O hours placement will be law in June. It goes so quick and isn't enough.

Kulwinder

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Jan 18, 2016, 11:44 am

Anybody help me to find aged care work placement in Gold Coast plzzzz plzzz plzzzz.

where ever I  tried everyone said sorryyyyyyy  

Milford

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Apr 04, 2016, 06:44 pm

I am hearing you. Yes I am also completing a Certificate III in Aged Care and there are no placements available for students studying online. Can anyone suggest anything. I also have to complete 120 hours placement so I can receive my certificate. I have completed all my workbook assessments I am just waiting on placement now and I can't even do that. I have paid out $1050 for the course and First Aid certificate and for my police check. 

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