New pro­gram opens doors to em­ploy­ment

IN­DIGE­NOUS LO­CALS HELPED

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A NEW trainee­ship pro­gram in Kelm­scott is giv­ing more in­dige­nous lo­cals ac­cess to qual­i­fi­ca­tions and on-the-job ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mer­cyCare has placed a num­ber of trainees at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, while sup­port­ing them to study var­i­ous cer­tifi­cates in busi­ness, com­mu­nity ser­vices, early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion and in­di­vid­ual sup­port.

Lyn­ley Wilkes started her trainee­ship at a res­i­den­tial aged care fa­cil­ity in March and said it has given her a new di­rec­tion in life.

“I had been un­em­ployed for a long time, so when I heard that this op­por­tu­nity was avail­able, I jumped at the chance,” she said.

Fel­low trainee Eva Hansen said she en­joyed car­ing for the res­i­dents.

“This train­ing is a great op­por­tu­nity to be role mod­els for the young ones grow­ing up,” she said.

“They will see the love, care and re­spect passed on from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion.”

The trainee­ship pro­gram forms part of Mer­cyCare’s sec­ond Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Ac­tion Plan, which out­lines the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s com­mit­ment to the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion jour­ney in Aus­tralia.

The plan will be launched dur­ing Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week this week.

Mer­cyCare Kelm­scott trainee Eva Hansen, ser­vice man­ager Kristy McDougall and trainee Lyn­ley Wilkes.

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