Advanced Metal Industries Australia (AMIA) has been announced as the ETC Mid North Coast Employer of the Year for their work in 2021, giving job security to many vulnerable people looking for work, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The leading Coffs Harbour window, balustrade & powder coating company were one of the fortunate businesses that didn’t close during the pandemic.
According to HR Manager Kristina Wilson, AMIA has even seen increased growth and demand over the past 12 months.
“We’re really lucky that unlike tourism or hospitality, manufacturing boomed during COVID.”
They have also gone through a major re-structure in their Windows Factory, and started using the Lean manufacturing system.
This new process has increased their production, which means they need to hire additional staff.
One thing that Ms Wilson is passionate about is putting people into jobs, so she partnered with employment and training provider ETC to assist her to hire new staff, suitable to the business.
The partnership has seen many local job seekers secure ongoing work in AMIA’s manufacturing factory.
“Our company is going through quite a major growth period at the moment, and these changes mean that we have been able to hire more people who are keen to work,” Ms Wilson said.
“So, for me to be able to employ more people and put them into these roles is something I’m very passionate about.”
When AMIA hires staff due to business growth, there’s a good chance they will retain long term employees, which means there may be new full-time entry-level opportunities available when hiring new employees.
Employing approximately 70 staff in the Mid North Coast region, AMIA has a variety of roles available for all different experience and skill levels.
“AMIA is always willing to accommodate entry-level job seekers as long as they are willing to have a go, learn new skills and be reliable – which is great to see,” said ETC Business Account Manager Kelly Patterson.
So, when ETC approached Ms Wilson with a proposal to work in conjunction with community rehabilitation program Adele House, she was keen to give it a go.
Adele House is an abstinence-based recovery program, with a focus on physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing – and aims to provide residents with the skills to live an independent life through employment and private accommodation.
The partnership is designed to help participants from the Adele House program who want to work, a chance to integrate back into the community.
Ms Wilson said that she believes everyone deserves the chance to find employment.
“Everyone deserves to have a job, if people have done something wrong in the past and they want to make themselves better – then I believe everyone deserves that chance.”
Because of this she is willing to interview and recruit suitable candidates that are undergoing the program, and potentially offer them paid casual work.
Still in the early days, Ms Wilson said the participants they’ve had so far have been great.
“They fit in, turn up on time, and put their hard weeks works in. They’re just keen to get back into the workforce.”
The support and encouragement AMIA provides has helped many disadvantaged job seekers find their feet.
“AMIA is great local employer who I believe truly goes above and beyond to support our ETC customers and ETC values!” said Kelly.
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