117 years on, Minda makes for a perfect fit with 21st Century Professional Year Program

Posted by Richard Cowley on 4 June 2015

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There are about 600 000 non-profit organisations across Australia, and although they contribute around $43 Billion to Australia’s GDP it’s no secret many struggle to remain viable and are human resource poor.

With 117 years’ experience operating in that challenging environment, South Australia’s Minda is at the forefront of the disability sector, offering support and opportunity to approximately 1,700 people in the areas of accommodation, supported employment, lifestyle services and respite.

Perhaps it’s because of the nurturing environment, or perhaps because of the tried-and-trusted ability to think outside the box to survive, Minda has been leveraging from the inherent skills of a Navitas ‘young professional’.

Navitas, an ASX Top 100 Company, offers post-university training programs to young professionals who are looking to develop their skills through work experience as they transition from university to the work place.

Mr Chintan Patel, (pictured left) joined the Navitas Professional Year program in 2014, completing his compulsory three-month internship at Minda. In the process he brought a pre-existing skill sets to the organisation and learnt about Australian workplace culture.

“I worked in my home country before coming to Australia to study a Master in Information Technology and Masters in Information and Communication Technology at the University of South Australia,” said Chintan.

When Navitas is matching young professionals with host companies it looks for that intangible ‘fit’ – ‘What is it that will give both host companies and intern the best experience?’

“My main job in my previous role was to provide the application support for a Canadian nursing home,” Chintan said.

With this background behind him, Chintan was an obvious ‘fit’ into the culture of Minda.

Minda’s Business Information Services Manager Mr David Zwolak (pictured right) was quick to speak of Chintan’s attributes.

“Chintan has shown himself to be very professional, polite, courteous and punctual,” David said.

“He has an excellent attitude towards others and especially people with disabilities.”

“Chintan has quickly grasped the concept of our virtual LANs, and the local and cloud infrastructure inter-connects as well as the physical layout of inter and intra building patching systems,” David added.

Smiling genially, Chintan spoke of the support he had received from Minda.

“I appreciate the strong co-operation of other staff at Minda, it’s an amazing experience to help IT needs within such a worthwhile organisation,” he concluded.

Click here to find out more about Minda.

Author: Richard Cowley
Internship Placement Coordinator
M:  0448 064 755
E: richard.cowley@navitas.com


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