New program opens doors to employment
INDIGENOUS LOCALS HELPED
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.