Graduate Program

Joining the Encara family is a great next step post-graduation, which can form the basis of a successful career in Allied Health.

At Encara, we offer and encourage continued education and training combined with a hands-on workload that assists you in achieving your professional development requirements and ongoing career development.

Ongoing Encara Support:

  • Our new graduate training for all Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists consists of 4 modules – Falls Prevention, Neurological Therapy, Cardiorespiratory Therapy (PT), Home Modifications (OT) and Musculoskeletal Therapy . These modules include self- directed learning and practical training sessions in small groups to help further your knowledge in Aged Care.
  • Manual Handling training.
  • Regular in-services with other Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists in your area.
  • Access to a dedicated mentor.

Graduate Benefits:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Leave entitlements
  • Social events

Graduate FAQ:

Q – How many graduate positions are available?

The number of positions we have on offer, varies each year depending on the needs of our business. Keep an eye on our positions available on our website for both casual, locum and permanent roles.

Q – Do you recruit international students?

In order to qualify for a graduate position with Encara, you must possess a valid work permit /VISA prior to submitting an application. We do recruit international students however you will need to hold the correct visa eligibility to work in the location in which you are applying to.

Q – Which allied health disciplines do you recruit from?

  • physiotherapy
  • podiatry
  • dietetics
  • speech pathology
  • occupational therapy

Q – How do I apply for a graduate or vacation student position?

Our recruitment team is more than happy to chat anytime about opportunities and graduate processes, just contact recruitment@encara.com.au. Or, you can complete our online recruitment form.

Q –What is required of me when I apply?

All graduate applicants must have completed their study, hold or be eligible to hold registration with the AHPRA, and be willing to undergo a police check.

Q –How can I make my application stand out / any tips for my application?

Be clear in your application regarding any special interest areas you may have, your willingness to travel and/or desired location and locum/part time for full time hours via a cover letter. Please ensure you include all of the required documentation including a current resume.

Q –Do I have access to regular training and professional development?

Yes, we have graduate training for all our Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. The training modules consists of 4 modules – Falls Prevention, Neurological Therapy, Cardiorespiratory Therapy (PT), Home Modifications (OT) and Musculoskeletal Therapy. These modules include self-directed learning and practical training sessions in small groups to help further your knowledge in Aged Care. We also offer Manual Handling training and regular in-services with other Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists in your area.

Q –How soon do I have hands-on training?

A -Prior to commencing a placement, the first training is induction and orientation as well as massage training. Upon commencement, our graduates first day in the facilities will be accompanied by one of our experienced regional managers and guided through the processes for both Encara and aged care facility, which includes hands on appointments. During the first week, various Encara management will drop in, so as to add to the education process and continued support of our employees.

Q –Will I be connected to the other graduates?

-Yes. We encourage our graduates to connect, regardless of location. We offer online communication tools, as well as a dedicated facebook page specifically for our graduates to connect, share stories, social interaction and education.

Q –Will there be social events?

Yes…our aim is quarterly social events and end of year Christmas functions which are open to all staff. These events are well attended and is a great way to get to know the rest of the Encara family. There is nothing stopping our graduates from organising specific events as well.

Q – Will I have the opportunity to work across different facilities?

Yes, within the first 12 months of a graduate position, we try and enable flexibility to move across locations so that you can experience different facilities. Depending on initial contract, typically, the majority of work allocated would cover 1-2 facilities.

Q – Is there opportunities to work interstate?

Yes…the door is open when vacancies open in new locations both locally and interstate. Positions are advertised internally prior to going externally, and we always welcome applications and discussions.

Q – What can I expect at my interview?

Your first interview is typically a phone interview or skype call (depending on location) with HR/Recruitment. Second round interview will be with the directors or regional managers, typically this is a face to face interview.

Q – What do I need to take to my interview?

We will remind you of what you need to bring with you when we arrange your interview date and time. Generally, we’ll ask you to bring the following:

·         A copy of your resume

·         Proof of citizenship, permanent residency or a valid work visa (see ‘What are ‘working rights’ and how do I prove my right to work in Australia?’

·         A driver’s licence in your relevant state

·         A National Police Certificate

·         Professional registration and qualification certificates

·         Contact details for two professional referees