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.