Growing new careers in aged care

15 February 2023

Congratulations to our first cohort of SCCQ Pathway trainees who have all graduated with a Certificate III in Individual Support, providing them with more career opportunities in a growing aged care sector.

In September 2021, SCCQ partnered with Toowoomba based Registered Training Organisation, Arkadia (Akaida), to offer an innovative traineeship to interested staff, known as the SCCQ Pathway.

SCCQ has since started offering this program to Year 11 and 12 students, giving them the opportunity to join Southern Cross Care and complete a Certificate III with us.

SCCQ’s Learning Development Manager, Somi Khani is passionate about the possibilities of this initiative, “This program gives students and staff the opportunity to gain a formal qualification and grow their career in the Aged Care sector, not only in metro areas but it allows us to reach people in our rural and regional areas too who wouldn’t necessarily have the same opportunities due to their location.” Said Somi.

“We are so proud of and excited for our recent graduates and can’t wait to see what they do next.” Said Somi.

The first cohort of SCCQ Pathway graduates are: Vicki Beattie – based at our Murgon home; Gregory Carson – based at our Sunshine Coast area office; Layla Evans – based at our Caloundra home; Gill Sarang – based at our Caloundra home; Jessica Kenyon – based at our Taroom home; Stacey Cox – based at our Taroom home.

The SCCQ Pathway traineeship program can be a stepping –stone to a future career in nursing and takes just six to eight months to complete. With funding from both government subsidies and SCCQ, it is free to participants.

For further information on the SCCQ Pathways traineeship program, please email

For information on our current career opportunities in aged care, click here.