Upskilling a way of giving back to community

Diego Gonzalez, of MacLaren Park Henderson South Community Trust, received a certificate of completion from the Master Cleaners Training Institute. Diego is pictured with Auckland Operations Coordinator Julie Griffin.

Diego Gonzalez, of MacLaren Park Henderson South Community Trust, received a certificate of completion from the Master Cleaners Training Institute. Diego is pictured with Auckland Operations Coordinator Julie Griffin.

Diego Gonzalez could not stop smiling after he received a certificate of completion from the Master Cleaners Training Institute acknowledging his achievement.

The MacLaren Park Henderson South (MPHS) Community Trust employee, who has Down syndrome, completed a training program that covered washroom cleaning, toilet cleaning and floor mopping.

Auckland Operations Coordinator Julie Griffin designed the program for Diego, which gave him a great opportunity to upskill.

Rebecca George-Koteka, of MPHS Community Connections says Diego, who has been working as a cleaner at MPHS for about a year, is hardworking, conscientious and a delight to have around. Diego works 12 hours per week.

Diego’s general cleaning duties include emptying rubbish bins and changing rubbish bags, making sure there are enough hand towels in the bathrooms, cleaning the toilets, wiping down the basins, sweeping and mopping floors.

“Diego enjoys being able to work and the staff engagement. He always comes in and talks to everyone. He was ecstatic to be able to do the course,” she says. “We knew it was going to be hands on training for him. It was broken down into three modules. Diego ran into the office and showed everyone his certificate. He was so happy.”

Master Cleaners uses MPHS as one of their training venues.

Rebecca says allowing Diego to do the course meant a lot to him.

“Thank you to Adam and Jill for identifying that this could be done for him and for giving him the opportunity to do this at his level. It meant a lot to him,” she says.

Master Cleaners CEO Adam Hodge says it was great to be able to help Diego complete his training and give back to the community.

“It was great for Master Cleaners to be approached in the first place and was evidence of the respect that MCTI has gained in the community since its inception.”

Master Cleaners would like to thank Rebecca from MPHS for all her assistance in helping to make Diego’s training a success.

Congratulations Diego!

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