William Williams working at Autumn Lodge Nursing Home in Macksville.CONTRIBUTED
William Williams working at Autumn Lodge Nursing Home in Macksville.CONTRIBUTED

Career change has William working

HE is the local face of successful career changers.

William Williams of Nambucca Heads had struggled to secure full-time employment since he moved to the area in 2005.

The 46-year-old worked as a courier for Qantas for 20 years.

As a job seeker with ETC he was encouraged to be brave and consider a career change and retraining as a way of securing sustainable employment.

This prompted him to retrain in aged care and two months after finishing his course he secured full-time employment with Nambucca Valley Care.

ETC's national manager employment services, Jenny Barnett, said: "Work is the key to dignity, self-reliance and economic opportunity."

"Sometimes to obtain work we have to consider changing fields and possibly retraining in a skill-shortage area," Ms Barnett said.

"This is particularly important in regional areas."

Mr Williams said after moving to Nambucca he couldn't get a job.

He eventually picked up part-time night-fill work at Foodworks in Macksville but he wanted and financially needed to work full time.

"That's when I went to ETC for help and they suggested I do an aged care course," Mr Williams said.

He undertook a six- month course which has given him a nationally recognised dual qualification (Certificate III in Aged Care and Certificate III in Home and Community Care).

"At first I found it a bit mind boggling but once you get out into the workforce on work

placement it all starts to gel together."

Since getting a full-time position, Mr Williams said he was "over the moon and have been working flat out since".

"If it wasn't for ETC suggesting a career move I would still be on the dole," he said.

If you are unemployed and looking for work, or if you need staff, contact ETC on 1800 007 400.



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