The National : DRY CLEANER MAY 2017
WHO IS KERRYN WOLLINGTON? I have had the pleasure of knowing Kerryn for many years, but you might not appreciate her level of achievement and how highly regarded she is both within our domestic industry, the educational fraternity, at gov- ernment level and indeed, overseas. Kerryn has also attended CINET and last year was a judge in their Awards. In 1981 a 17 year old wanted to leave school and was informed by her father that unless she got a job as an apprentice she would stay at school. As it would happen the local dry cleaner was advertising and gave that 17 year old a chance to start a career in the drycleaning industry. Thanks to that dry cleaner and the chance he took on Kerryn, she has enjoyed a rewarding 35 years in the drycleaning industry. It could have ended differently. Here is a hort look at Kerryn’s career in her own words. “At the end of my probation I was told that I would never make it as a dry cleaner but I persisted and with the help of the trade school and a young Peter Murphy’s support, I was able to find a dry cleaner willing to take on my papers.” “I worked in Melbourne for many of the dry cleaners through the many stages of my life including marriage and motherhood. During this time a new challenge presented itself in the form of becoming a trainer in the drycleaning industry. “In 1999 I accepted a position at RMIT delivering Laundry and Dry Cleaning training, after which I transferred to Newcastle in New South Wales to start a new life with a new partner who has a long history in the industry from sales to consultancy. “Together we formed LDCT Laundry Dry Cleaning Training in 2008. LDCT is the only Nationally Registered Training Organisation in Dry Cleaning, Laundry, Leadership, and Management. Qualifications from our courses are also recognised in the Asia Pacific region and the Middle East. “Four years ago after receiving many inquiries for training from people who wanted to get into the drycleaning and laundry industry and from overseas students the decision was made to invest in a training school facility. “We talked with many of our industry suppliers and explained our ideas and with their support, and lots of love, the search began for a site to build our training facility. “In March 2016, after looking at numerous sites, we happened across a factory but it was much too big and 4 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER MARCH APRIL MAY 2017 KERRYN WOLLINGTON DEPUTY CHAIR OF NEW “INDUSTRY REFERENCE COMMITTEE” Kerryn Wolllington along with Adam White and Luke Hudson, was a panel member at the DIA Tas Seminar.