Training puts Electrolux workers on front foot for employment

OPTIONS: Elizabeth Majewski and Janet McLean discuss a certificate III in aged care with OCTEC manager of community services in health Liz Gray. Photo: JUDE KEOGH      0430octec1

OPTIONS: Elizabeth Majewski and Janet McLean discuss a certificate III in aged care with OCTEC manager of community services in health Liz Gray. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0430octec1

ELECTROLUX workers generally believe they have a fighting chance of securing employment once the factory closes in 2016. 

With training courses being provided by OCTEC as well as TAFE, about 86 per cent of employees will have a range of qualifications.

OCTEC ran introduction lessons to courses in hospitality, aged care, frontline management and retail yesterday and the training provider has enough funding to take on about 50 workers. 

The OCTEC courses are funded by the federal and state governments, while Electrolux took on the administration fee.

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OCTEC training services administrator Karen Gerke said the number of employees in training could grow if OCTEC secured more funding toward the end of the year.

“We can take whoever wants it,” she said.

Ms Gerke said the four courses were chosen because there was a shortage of qualified workers in those areas in Orange. 

Electrolux staff studying hospitality receive a responsible service of alcohol certificate, a responsible service of gambling certificate, a first-aid certificate and a food handling certificate. 

“They’re first rate courses ... OCTEC prides itself on the quality of our training,” Ms Gerke said. 

nicole.kuter@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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