Grandparent carers are skilling up for roles in community care.

Brisbane’s leading community care training college, Charlton Brown, has reported an increasing number of empty nesters joining school leavers in training to achieve immediate work in the care industries.

Charlton Brown is an international registered training organisation specialising in aged care, home and community care, child care and disability care, situated in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Charlton Brown General Manager Petrina Fraccaro says that gaining a qualification such as a Certificate III in Children’s Services or Education Support was not only creating pathways for empty nesters to rejoin the paid workforce, but supporting many others in their responsibilities as primary caregivers for grandchildren.

“Increasingly, grandparents are supporting working parents by providing childcare to grandchildren from babies through to the teenage years, and they are looking to enhance their skills in both a care and mentoring role.

“For others in this generation, they are keen to take up paid roles in care and education and are undertaking a Certificate III to update their skills to create those job opportunities,” she says.

Recently qualified nanny Carole Rowland says since moving to Brisbane to be with her grandchildren, she’s been looking for ways to challenge herself and refresh her skills.

“I feel I have a lot to give and I love looking after my grandchildren as well as helping other families in need of care. Completing the Certificate III has given me a great sense of achievement, confirming what I knew while also giving me insight into the industry.

“Studying has introduced me to a range of different people and cultures, young, middle-aged, older and international, it’s great because we all share a common interest.

“Mature age learning is becoming much more popular and as a result, the older generation holds huge potential, we have a lot to offer” Ms Rowland says.

With an ever increasing demand in Australia for trained and qualified people in the aged care, child care and disability care industries, government funding is available for all Australian citizens and permanent residents in Queensland aged 15 years and over who have not previously completed a Certificate III level qualification or higher.

“Students who have completed a Certificate III course as part of their senior studies still qualify for the funding, and it means almost all school leavers as well as people of all ages who have not had formal training in the past, can access fully funded courses,” Ms Fraccaro says.

Ms Fraccaro adds that it has never been more important for employers to hire someone who is properly trained, police and Working with Children checked and qualified in First Aid, which Charlton Brown ensures.


Do your parents look after your kids time to time? Or are you a grandparent looking to go back into childcare?