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Students start aged care journey

Bright-eyed and bushy tailed South Australian students were welcomed by ACH Group this week as they embark on two-week placements working in aged care.

The 16 students will be placed at ACH Group residential aged-care homes where they will get a hands-on introduction into caring for older South Australians.

ACH Group student placement program manager Sian Aston said the placement was fantastic experience for the students and provided a true insight into the joys of working in aged care.

“We have about 800 students come through our placement program every year,” Sian said.

“During their placement they are supported by senior trainers who will help them develop their practical care skills in a real-life environment.

“The program gives the students the mandatory training that they require and for us we hope that one day these enthusiastic newcomers become part of the ACH Group family.

“We also encourage our students to get a start by applying for casual work with us once they’ve finished their placement.”

For SA TAFE enrolled nursing student Taylor Angelikas, aged care has a special place in his heart.

“Growing up in Adelaide my Nan used to volunteer at residential aged care homes and I would go with her after school,” he said.

“We would keep the resident’s company; organise games and social events and it is just a fond childhood memory for me.

“My Nan was a naturally caring person and my Mum works in aged care, so this is a placement that I am really looking forward to.”

The students are completing a mix of qualifications from nursing to occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

During their placement they will learn about care plans, dementia care, the correct use of personal protective equipment and other key skills for working in aged care.

Interested to learn more ?

Students and training providers can register their interest via our Student Placement Program page or by emailing [email protected].

Photo ID: Getting started: Taylor Angelikas, Bethany Harker, Eva Toogood and Jack Brunato began their student placements with ACH Group this week. Pictured with ACH Group Student Placement Program manager Sian Aston (front). 



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