Supporting local economy

BARUNGA SUPPORTING LOCALS: Kate Manser is a clinical nurse at Barunga Village.
BARUNGA SUPPORTING LOCALS: Kate Manser is a clinical nurse at Barunga Village.

As a major employer in the region, Barunga Village prides itself on supporting the local economy.

With the continual expansion of the organisation, Barunga Village is excited to introduce its new traineeship program, which will provide multiple opportunities for individuals to gain a Certificate III in Individual Support and become a qualified carer.

Barunga Village has had great success with previous trainees, and where possible has offered career paths to graduates.

Kate Manser is one such success story, having just won a position as Clinical Nurse.

A stay at home devoted mum, Kate seized the opportunity nine years ago to re-enter the workforce as a trainee after always having a desire to study nursing.

Kate said after completing her Certificate III in Aged Care, she continued working at Barunga Village whilst studying her nursing degree externally and once graduated, she was lucky enough to be offered a position as Registered Nurse.

“I’m very appreciative for the support Merrilyn has offered me and all that I have learnt during the last nine years with Barunga Village – both personal learning and skill based learning,” she said.

“Underlining it all for me is an absolute love for the elderly.”

Director of Nursing, Merrilyn Hewett said Kate always aspired to becoming a Clinical Nurse and her passion and genuine care for the elderly made her an obvious choice.

“We hope our traineeship program will inspire many other people to enter the aged care industry and be as caring as Kate”, Merrilyn said.

We hope our traineeship program will inspire many other people to enter the aged care industry and be as caring as Kate.

Merrilyn Hewett, Director of Nursing, Barunga Village

In collaboration with the Government of South Australia, Regional Development Australia, South Australian Learning Centre and Business SA, Barunga Village aims to offer two intakes of trainees each year with the first intake commencing this August.

Two information sessions will be held this month for interested individuals to learn more about the traineeship program.

These sessions will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 6-7pm and Thursday, June 28, 10-11am at the Barunga Village Activity Room (11 Edmund Street, Port Broughton).

As Barunga Village continues to expand, ongoing job opportunities will be available in other areas of the organisation in addition to the traineeship program.

Enquiries can be made via email to headoffice@barungavillage.com.au.