27 Nov 2015
Taking care of the elderly at Kawerau’s Mountain View Rest Home/Hospital has received a massive boost, with the hire of ten locally trained Waiariki graduates to assist with caregiving duties.
We asked one of those selected, Certificate in Smart Study mature student, Victor Galvin on his motivation to enrol upon the bridging qualification.
“I’ll be straight up, I got sick of staying home and just wasting away. I must admit though, my partner who went on the course before me, she was my inspiration.”
“I thought I wouldn’t do very well, but I’ve exceeded my expectations. Every time I felt a bit blue, our tutors were there to give me the strength to carry on - so I just stuck in there and now I’m here.”
Pleased at what a qualification like Smart Study offers in terms of help for future generations, Victor still can’t believe how quickly he was employed after graduating.
“I am still speechless to be honest. I’ve only just come into the hospital in the last couple of days.
“It’s a daunting experience, the staff here though are excellent. Whatever problem you’ve got, they’ll help you sort it. I’m enjoying myself and I love working with the elderly. I always have, so I’m in the right place.”
Teresa Finau, hospital charge nurse at Mountain View Rest Home sees plenty of potential in Waiariki graduates like Victor. “These students are absolutely fantastic. We haven’t had any problems or issues - they are all really keen to learn and all want this to be their career.”
With caregiving for the elderly a well-rounded position with a variety of duties, Teresa is relieved she has found a source of flexible graduates to approach in future, prior to looking on traditional job websites.
“It is good to know that in future I can just contact Waiariki to see if there is anyone with strong potential. Taking on someone who has already studied makes it a lot easier on us.”
“We have a really good relationship with tutor, Sarah Rupe and she makes her recommendations to us. So far that system has been absolutely fantastic.”
For more information
- View programme detail: New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4)
- Student success: View All Student Success Stories
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