A Wellington man has made his family and friends proud after graduating with an Aged Care Diploma, something he thought he would never do.
Anthony Trudgeon undertook his Certificate III course of study six months ago, and has worked at the Orana Gardens Aged Care Facility in Dubbo.
Mr Trudgeon, who had worked in the industry for some time, said he always wanted a career where he helped people.
“I started at the Bellhaven Aged Care Facility in Wellington, and now that I’ve graduated I’ll continue working there,” he said.
He said the course had its challenges, but he certainly learnt a lot of new things he did not expect.
“I’ve always enjoyed helping people, and now that I have a certified degree I’m excited to progress through my career,” he said.
Bellhaven director of care Dianne Bayliss said she worked the afternoon shift with Anthony, and noted his good relationship with staff and residents.
“He has learnt so much at Orana Gardens, and I’ve seen the knowledge he has obtained, plus he enjoys helping people,” she said.
Mr Trudgeon also assisted residents with Men’s Shed-related ideas, showing signs of community involvement.