Congratulations to Boandik Lodge Incorporated! The largest aged care facility in Mount Gambier was awarded the Employer of the Year Award at last month’s SE Secondary Schools Alliance (SESSA) Training Awards.
The SESSA Training Awards recognise individuals and businesses for their efforts and achievements in vocational education and training across the Limestone Coast, South Australia. The Employer of the Year Award is awarded to an employer of apprentices and trainees who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to training and skill development for their employees.
MEGT Field Operations Team Leader – SA, Julie Howe attended the event to present the award to CEO of Boandik Lodge, Gillian McGinty.
Since 1956, Boandik Lodge has been providing aged care services to the Mount Gambier community and has continually expanded and diversified to meet the community’s needs. At Boandik, training opportunities are open to all employees across all areas of the organisation.
From safety, first aid and medication management training to accredited nursing, management or individual support qualifications, the approach to training at Boandik is based on industry, employer and employee needs.
Boandik was spoken very highly of at the awards, with the MC saying “it can easily be seen that this wonderful organisation that dedicates itself to serving many of the most vulnerable members of our community, sets the gold standard benchmark that all others can aspire to.”
The awards for Boandik didn’t stop there, with employee Alice Roughana winning the School-based Trainee of the Year Award, an award that recognises outstanding achievement by a School-based Trainee.
Alice gained a traineeship role at Boandik after completing work experience with the organisation. She has now completed her Certificate III in Individual Support with the support of TAFESA, Mount Gambier High School and MEGT.
Though she admits it was challenging at times, Alice managed her time effectively while attending school and undertaking vocational training. Alice’s traineeship has assisted her to reach her career goal of being a Personal Care Assistant in an Aged Care residential facility. She hopes to inspire younger people to consider a career in Aged Care.
Well done Alice and congratulations Boandik Lodge!