Juniper’s annual Leadership Development Program is in full swing for 2021. The initiative began in 2015 and has shaped over 100 Juniper employees into aged care leaders of the future. We believe that our team members are our greatest asset in delivering aged care services and support to our wonderful residents, clients and their loved ones.

Juniper’s Training and Development Services team identified the opportunity to develop emerging leaders from within the organisation through a program that was tailored to the industry and based on the Aged Care Capability Framework. The eight-month course is designed to provide employees with the skills and knowledge to enhance their personal and professional development, over eleven informative workshops.

Content covers various topics to equip participants with the expertise to handle leadership challenges within the aged care sector and assume greater responsibilities within their roles and teams. Key teaching elements include management and communications skills, teamwork, prioritising and decision making, conflict resolution, self-improvement and wellbeing and of course, leadership training. Sessions are carefully designed to ensure they are educational, interesting and practical. Integral to their success, the sessions are held in a safe and relaxed environment to encourage open conversation and feedback.

Juniper Training Consultant, Susan Sanday said there are countless success stories arising from the Development program.

She described one participant enrolled in the course as a Registered Nurse, with a desire to move into a leadership role.

“Following successful completion, she was promoted to a Clinical Nurse Manager and has now advanced to the role of Residential Manager. This is a great example of Juniper’s commitment to recognising employee potential and providing staff with the opportunity to further their work performance and career,” Susan said.

By creating this successful program, Juniper is helping to supercharge the careers of frontline supervisors and co-ordinators, among others, who feel ready to progress in the next stage of their profession. It is also an opportunity to recognise our aged care employees’ potential by growing their skills as current and emerging leaders.

While places are limited, the program is open to permanent employees who are passionate about developing and enhancing their skills within aged care. The course provides a great platform for networking with like-minded colleagues and an opportunity to meet and learn from skilled guest presenters. The course concludes at the end of the year with a graduation for successful participants.

More information on career opportunities with Juniper can be found on our Careers page.

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