Free courses for Melton residents

An AMCS training group. (Supplied)

Michaela Meade

Australian Multicultural Community Services (AMCS) is offering six free industry-recognised courses for Melton residents.

AMCS has over 35 years of experience supporting older Victorians to live safely at home for as long as possible.

The organisation aims to provide older Victorians, families, community groups, individuals and carers with quality services and reliable support, according to AMCS.

The six courses available to residents of the Brimbank municipality are: careers in aged care; employment pathways; introduction to MYOB software; multicultural leadership; navigating Microsoft Office; and skills for work and study.

Former course participant and now AMCS emergency relief officer Thelma said a personal experience led her to complete an AMCS course.

“I took the Careers in Aged Care course because my 73-year-old mother-in-law moved from Brazil to live with us,” she said.

“I wanted to help her. She does not speak any English.”

Thelma also completed the Multicultural Leadership Course and said that the lessons “brought me not only knowledge and passion but also an incredible job at AMCS.”

“I am forever grateful. Assisting people makes my day.”

AMCS staff member Ewa Lenartowicz also completed the Carers in Aged Care and Multicultural Leadership courses.

Ms Lenartowicz said: “When I started at [AMCS], I didn’t know anything about aged care because I previously worked at a café.

“The [aged care] course taught me about the services and how to help seniors.

“The [multicultural] course taught me about how to treat different cultures with compassion and respect, and about their customs when working with them.”

Expressions of interest: Vesna, 0422 226 105