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Opal Aged Care in Coffs Harbour has been announced as the Enterprise & Training Company Limited (ETC) Employer of the Month for April.

Opal Facility Manager Karren Vasek said her team were really excited and felt privileged to receive the award.

“When you work with Opal Aged Care you work with a company that is passionate about people. Our commitment to enhancing lives extends beyond our residents to our employees,” Ms Vasek said.

“We look for people persons who share our philosophy – who want to make a difference in the communities in which they live and motivate their team mates through their work ethic.”

The facility actively encourages and supports both its staff and potential employees to further their skills through training.

“We like to develop our existing staff so that they can exceed within their roles and also step in to a higher position in case of staff absences,” Ms Vasek said.

“We have also provided our facility for ETC Training Services in conjunction with four of their WorkIT Aged Care courses which has resulted in local students being employed. We’ve been very lucky to partner with ETC to have potential staff come here and do work experience. So we’ve been able to actually see how they work, like a try before you buy.”

“Our relationship with ETC is smooth – we give ETC our requirements for the students before they are able to step foot here and ETC Trainer Vicki has everything ready from the get go.”

Ms Vasek said the facility prided itself on the many benefits provided to its staff.

“We very rarely give casual contracts (unless the staff want this). We aim to give permanent positions. Other benefits include giving our staff their first few uniforms when they commence employment and providing them with formal monthly education sessions – which they get paid for,” she said.

“The beauty of working for a large company like Opal is that you can actually move to anywhere in Australia and transfer to one of our facilities close by without losing your standing (for example your long service leave).”

For more information about Opal Aged Care visit www.opalagedcare.com.au

ETC provides employment, training and business services on the Coffs Coast. To find out more information drop into the local office at 80 Grafton Street.



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