As a Southern Cross Care Trainee, you’ll gain a Certificate III in Aged Care while working at least 30 hours per week over a 15-month contract. Many Trainees finish earlier, then become permanent staff at a higher hourly rate.
You’ll study and apply your skills on the job with the support of a trained Mentor. We pay for the course and pay your salary for the entire contract period.
Often, Trainees go on to study a Diploma of Enrolled Nursing or a Bachelor of Nursing with SCC support.
Graduate Carer Program
If you have a Certificate III in Aged Care but can’t get the experience to gain ongoing work, our Graduate Carer Program gives additional on-the-job training to hone your skills.
This program employs you on a six-week casual contract. For the first half, you work as an extra on the floor. With a mix of classroom lectures and on-the-job work (supervised by a trained Mentor) you’ll demonstrate your skills as a Carer before working in our internal casual pool for the second half.
At contract’s end, if you meet our standards, we’ll offer you ongoing employment in the casual pool. From here, Graduate Carers often find permanent shifts at our residential sites.
Enrolled Nurse Training
Many Carers go on to study their Diploma of Enrolled Nursing with SCC support. You can make an application to your Manager when the time is right for you.
We can access government training incentives to help you gain higher qualifications. Our internal Study Support Scheme also assists you with fee payment. Finally, our flexible rostering frees you to attend classes and clinical placements.
On completing your studies, you may be eligible for our Graduate Enrolled Nurse Program.
Graduate Enrolled Nurse Program
This four-month program helps you transition from Carer to Enrolled Nurse. With a combination of classroom lectures and on-the-job skills consolidation (guided by a trained Preceptor) you’ll develop skills and confidence as a nurse and team leader.
Registered Nurse Training
SCC supports Carers and Enrolled Nurses studying for their Bachelor of Nursing. Enrolled Nurses usually gain credit for the first year of this three-year undergraduate course.
We pay 50% of course fees in the final year and offer roster flexibility to let you attend classes and clinical placements.
Once qualified, you may be eligible for our Professional Development Year for New Registered Nurses.
Professional Development Year for New Registered Nurses
This 12-month program helps you transition to work as a Registered Nurse in aged care. It comprises formal study days, on-the-job skills consolidation (guided by a trained Preceptor) plus job rotation through our various services.
We’ll help you develop your clinical, supervisory and leadership skills and provide counselling to help you map out your nursing career.