Workforce of the future:
1 million workers needed in Health & Community care by 2050
Human Services Skills Organisation (HSSO) announced as sponsor of National Skills Week 2021
16 August 2021 – The Human Services Skills Organisation (HSSO) estimates Australia needs 1 million health and community care workers by 2050(i) and highlights that human services is Australia’s fastest growing sector, requiring a vast amount of specialist skills training and education.
Never in Australia’s history has the need for skilled healthcare, aged care, disability support and human service carers been greater given the Covid-19 pandemic but also Australia’s ageing population.
Partnering for the first time this year with National Skills Week, HSSO Chief Executive Officer Jodi Schmidt said the development of a skilled and available workforce is essential, as is the need to support a sector that provides career opportunities that can last a lifetime.
As Australia’s largest employment industry, Health Care and Social Assistance employed around 1.7 million people last year (2020) and is expected to increase to more than 1.9 million by 2024 (AISC, 2020(ii)).
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