December 2008 – Carrington Centennial Care

Outstanding Business of the Month: Carrington Centennial Care

Macarthur Workplace Learning Program (MWLP) places HSC students within businesses for real ‘hands on’ learning opportunities. There are tremendous benefits for both the students and the businesses involved. As a thank you to those businesses that assist us MWLP offers a Business of the Month award.


We are really proud to announce that our December winner is Carrington Centennial Care in Camden.

Employing some 327 staff Carrington Centennial Care consists of Residential Care Services, Community Care Services and a Retirement Village.

As part of their plan to become a ‘state of the art’ aged care facility Carrington are currently finalizing the completion of a new residential facility called ‘Grasmere Terrace’. These rooms will be available for occupation in January 2009.

Management and staff at Carrington Centennial Care have been superb supporters of our program and currently take students from three course areas – Business Services, Hospitality and Primary Industries.  Since joining the program eight years ago, they have provided work placement for a staggering 368 students.

This particular award was based on student evaluations from the Primary Industries category.

Joe Galea, Head Horticulturalist, told us of one of his best experiences. “We recently hosted a visually impaired student who, by the end of his placement, had become an effective member of the team and showed signs of personal growth and maturity. This placement personally affected some of our staff who worked with him. They saw his personal determination and the way he coped and performed with his impairment. The benefits to both the student and our workforce, to grow and develop skills, have been priceless.”

Katherine Perkins, Learning and Development Co-ordinator believes – “Staff are our most valuable asset and they are keen to pass on their extensive knowledge and skills. Carrington supports HSC students to enable them to get a taste of our industry and experience what it’s like to work in the profession they have chosen.”

Raad Richards, Chief Executive, has a message for Macarthur businesses who are not yet involved with MWLP. “It’s a win-win situation – Carrington wins by assisting the Youth of Macarthur, our potential future workforce, and developing the skills of our staff.  The student wins by coming to an organisation that is innovative, caring and supports their development.  You too can join in and make a difference,” he says.

Carrington have won a month’s long radio campaign with C91.3FM, profiling in the Macarthur Chronicle and will be featured on MWLPs website.  Thanks to Greater Union Macarthur they will also receive Gold Class movie tickets.

MWLP students truly value their work placement.  If they don’t complete it successfully they don’t get their HSC so they are keen to make an impression.

To find out how your business can become involved in hosting HSC students for week-long work placements, please phone Sarah Craig at MWLP on 4625 1863 or email

It’s a great way to showcase your business and it’s free.

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