The National : DRYCLEANER JANFEB2017
38 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017 local community, and the exciting challenge that Vanguard represents in his professional purview. STAFF We spoke at length and Shane told me the laundry has 4 full time staff, and 21 part timers, which are the local intake. They might work 4 hours or 20 hours each week. “Staff are paid an Award wage as they would be in any Australian laundry. This is not a sheltered workshop, the staff are not under-paid. In fact, as we also pay to have a social worker available on site at all times, you could argue we pay out more in wages. But it is worth it.” The success of the enterprise is reflected in some stats, an important one being that nationally, this type of organisation can expect a 50% drop out rate over 13 weeks. Vanguard have just completed their first 13 week period and the drop off rate is ... Zero. I asked Shane whether this was actually contrary to the expectation of the enterprise that it would train people up to rejoin the workforce and he laughed and said “Yes, you could look at it like that. But our role is to train people with new skills, and help instill confidence into them, so that they feel ready to rejoin the workforce, even though they may have been absent from it for up to 10 years. David Gillman explaining the operation to a group of local businesses and excited family members of staff working at the laundry. Brad Tobler, Ecolab, keeps the locked chemical room ship shape.
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