Mid Coast aged care provider and trainee take out major awards

Garden Village Port Macquarie and Isabella Harrison received top honours at the 2017 HVTC Excellence Awards held in Newcastle on Friday night.

The prestigious Large Host Employer of the Year Award went to Garden Village who has partnered with HVTC Mid Coast to provide education and training to Port Macquarie Hastings school-based trainees since 2006.

In that time, the aged care service provider and group training organisation have successfully assisted 15 school-based trainees gain qualifications in a range of subjects including Individual Support, Kitchen Operations and Business Administration.

Garden Village is a long term supporter of vocational education and training in the community, with many former school-based trainees returning as casual employees whilst studying nursing at university.

General Manager, Tim Everson, said that the Excellence Award acknowledged Garden Village’s commitment to providing training and development opportunities to all staff to facilitate personal and professional growth, and career satisfaction.

“We will continue to support, maintain and develop partnerships with vocational education and training providers to deliver in-house, specialised, practical training to students,” Mr Everson said.    

Recipient of the HVTC School-based Trainee of the Year Award, Isabella Harrison said her first experience in aged care was volunteering at Garden Village Port Macquarie.

“It was there that I developed a passion and enthusiasm for assisting the elderly which propelled me into a school-based traineeship completing a Certificate III in Aged Care, hosted by Regis Aged Care,” she said.

The 19 year old from Port Macquarie excelled in her traineeship and at school, being elected 2016 School Captain at Hastings Secondary College, Westport Campus, and receiving a scholarship for academic excellence.

Isabella was one of Regis Aged Care’s first ever trainees and in no time she had proved to the company what a great asset she could be.

“The school-based traineeship provided me with hands-on experience, utilising both on- and off-site training. It also showed me the variety of future pathways for a career in medicine.

“At the conclusion of my school-based traineeship I was offered permanent, part-time employment as a qualified employee at Regis which I gratefully accepted,” Isabella said.

Winners in the ten Excellence Award categories were selected from finalists across HVTC’s ten regional branches located throughout New South Wales.

HVTC CEO Sharon Smith says vocational education pathways can lead to career success for many young people.

“These awards not only celebrate the great results of our apprentices and trainees but they also reflect the significant role our business and industry partners play in making sure our young people secure quality employment outcomes,” Ms Smith said.

The Large Host Employer of the Year Award was sponsored by JobReady and the School-based Trainee of the Year Award was sponsored by The Mutual.


Image: Isabella Harrison & Tim Everson