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Aged care offers opportunities to SA’s Holden workers

An opportunity to find employment in the growing aged care industry has been offered by aged care provider ACH Group for those who have been left unemployed following the closure of South Australia’s Holden car manufacturing facility last week.

ACH Group offers help to Holden workers without work with positions in aged care (Source: ACH Group)
ACH Group offers help to Holden workers without work with positions in aged care (Source: ACH Group)

The South Australian aged care provider employs 1,700 staff and offers careers in health and community service roles including support and care workers and nursing, as well as a range of other positions across finance, IT, procurement, catering, people and culture, marketing allied health and fitness, and currently recruits around 350 new staff each year.

Currently the provider has positions available in care and support work, garden and maintenance, and soon IT and customer service staff.

ACH Group CEO Ray Creen says the provider has a diverse workforce.

“We are a growing organisation with a range of projects set to come online in coming years, particularly in the north and south of Adelaide,” he says.

“Our passionate employees share the belief that people should be respected and supported to live good lives, and we are open to welcoming new staff who also share that belief.”

He adds that a handful of the provider's care workers have retrained to work at ACH following redundancy.

Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt says the offer is a way of ‘doing the right thing’.

“Australian Bureau of Statistics figures confirm a clear and positive trend: aged care is a growing area of employment,” he says.

“It offers flexible hours, opportunities to extend skills and variety, in interacting with older people and their families.

“The South Australian aged care provider offering opportunities in aged care to the former Holden workers is doing the right thing for the people who’ve been made redundant, supporting them into employment in a growth sector where the work is of value to older people, their families and the communities they live in.”

Minister Wyatt adds that when it comes to the number of jobs to be created, this opens up opportunities for school leavers, women returning to work or people displaced by industry restructuring, like the Holden workers in SA.

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