TOP EFFORT: Rhiannon Keir (front left) with fellow trainee Annette Kelly, and (rear) BDCSA president Craig Zerk, Katie Clarke from the Australian Apprenticeship Centre, and BDCSA executive officer Dianna Howell.
TOP EFFORT: Rhiannon Keir (front left) with fellow trainee Annette Kelly, and (rear) BDCSA president Craig Zerk, Katie Clarke from the Australian Apprenticeship Centre, and BDCSA executive officer Dianna Howell. Doug Eaton

Now that's special

IT WAS a win for the little guy.

The Ballina District Community Service Association has recently been awarded runner-up in the Australian Government Minister's Award for Excellence for Employers of Australian Apprentices - pipping giants like Qantas, Country Energy and Centrelink for the silver accolade.

Rhiannon Keir, a trainee with the Ballina service who is seven months into her year-long traineeship, said she loved her work as an after-school-carer of children with special needs.

“I would highly recommend for anyone to give a traineeship with BDCSA a go,” she said.

“It's not all easy. You need a bit of patience and compassion when you are a carer, but it's very rewarding,” Ms Keir said.

Ms Keir's said her interest in nursing and community service was what initially attracted her to the traineeship.

She was one of 10 direct care support worker trainees this year, funded by the National Rural Primary Health Pilot funding.

BDCSA executive officer Dianna Howell said it was a good time for locals to consider a traineeship with the association.

“While other industries are downsizing, community services are growing and there is a need to continue to increase our workforce to provide for a growing number of people,” she said.

For information on traineeships in Home and Community Care phone BDCSA on 6686 7776 or visit www.bdcsa.org.



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