Train as a Home Based Care Worker

Are you interested in providing care? Do you want to find a career that allows you to use your compassion, empathy and heart to make a difference in the lives of others? Or do you need to care for a family member?
This skills programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to care for a patient in their home and will open doors to a lifetime of learning and could be the start of a journey towards the highest levels of care.

Become a Care Worker and make a difference

Illness, injury, age or disability affect many people and a hospital stay often isn’t the best solution. Trained, competent and confident Care Worker (or carers) can offer individualised care to patients in the comfort of their own home surroundings.
Care Workers may also find employment in hospitals, hospices, old age homes, rehabilitation centres and special needs care centres.

Opportunities with us

Our Community Care @ Home Programme offers employment with flexible work hours and preference to Care Workers who are trained at our training centre. We’ll also assist you with referrals to other agencies, facilities and individuals as well as offering you job readiness programmes.

Cape Town Campus

Our Training Centre in Pinelands, Cape Town trains Home Based Care Workers. The campus is close to the city centre and within easy reach of public transport. The classrooms, practical training and the Community Care @ Home programme are all on the same premises.

Educating Care Workers to the highest standard

The Robin Trust Care Worker training is delivered by a professionally qualified team in a specially-equipped facility
Class Starting Date Application period
04 October 2019 6 September – 3 October 2019
06 November 2019 4 October – 5 November 2019
04 December 2019 6 November – 3 December 2019

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What you can expect

You can expect a friendly, all-inclusive and welcoming training environment.
  • New classes start every month
  • 4 weeks of classroom training and practical instruction
  • Then 9 weeks of in-service training at Robin Trust facilities or at other carefully selected sites.
  • Class times will be from 07:00 – 15:00, Monday to Friday
You’ll need to:
  • Complete formative and summative assessments throughout your training.
  • Work as part of the care team at the facilities and do night shift to practice your skills.
  • Care Workers Practical Education Robin Trust
During your training (both classroom and practical), you will be covered by a professional indemnity and needle-stick insurance policy
(included in your fees).

Acceptance process

To train with us, you’ll need to attend an information session (held each Tuesday), complete a comprehensive English assessment and attend an interview with our trainers. You’ll need a minimum of Grade 9 (or an equivalent SAQA certification if you are not South African) to be accepted. Further requirements will be communicated to you upon acceptance.

Class-based instruction

Classes take place in our training centre, in Pinelands, Cape Town and are run by qualified nurses, registered with the HW SETA as assessors/moderators. Students have access to a practical room for demonstrations and will have supervised access to the Robin Trust facilities for hands-on patient demonstrations. Classes run from Monday to Friday, from 08h00 to 15h00.

Facility-based practical training

Our students are given the chance to practise what they’ve learned through a period of in-service experience. Working under the supervision of the care team, you’ll be able to work with patients and get a real understanding of the commitment required to be a successful Care Worker. This helps students gain experience and find permanent or part-time work.

Completion and Graduation

Students complete a series of tests and assessments as well as a written portfolio of evidence. All students who successfully complete their classroom-based and in-service training receive a certificate of competence – presented to them in front of family and friends at our moving and inspirational graduation services (held monthly).

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the average day of a Home Based Care Worker look like?
Care Workers may work dayshift or nightshift. Activities range from patient hygiene, feeding, physical activities, conversation and monitoring of vital signs.

Care Workers get to know their patients – and know when to call on our team of nurses or the patient’s own doctor for support.

The Care Worker also provides emotional and spiritual support and assistance to patients and their families when the need arises.

NOTE: Care Workers are expected to provide their own meals and may use the patient’s kitchen to warm their food, with the patient providing drinks (tea/coffee/soft drinks/juice).
What work does this training equip me for?
Care Workers are most often employed in private homes. Care Workers may also find employment in hospitals, hospices, old age homes, rehabilitation centres and special needs care centres.
What is taught in the Home Based Care Worker course?
You will learn about basic anatomy and physiology, how to help with activities of daily living (which includes bathing, exercise and etc.) and first aid. You will learning about diseases and their prevention so you can teach your client about staying healthy. The course also shows you how to keep a elderly or infirm patient safe when moving around the house.
Could being a Home Based Care Worker help me become a Nurse one day?
Yes, and a lifetime of learning is something we encourage at Robin Trust. We offer courses that will help you take steps to becoming an Enrolled or Registered Nurse. Its best to work in the field and gain experience as you go, so every step of your journey is important.
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