BEGA business Glen Mia has received a special acknowledgement.
Glen Mia is the Lower South Coast winner of Mission Australia Employment Solutions’ third annual Employer Awards.
The awards are aimed at recognising businesses that have gone “above and beyond” in giving jobseekers an opportunity.
Glen Mia, which was established in 2007, is divided into three branches – supplies, transport and gas.
The business won the award in recognition of its efforts to employ job seekers.
Owner/operators Kevin and Jenny Hinton said they were jubilant about the award win.
“It’s extremely rewarding,” Ms Hinton said.
“You work hard as an employer and you hope you treat and train employees in the right manner.
“It’s about all-round respect.”
Ms Hinton said the victory came as a complete surprise.
“It’s a reward that inspires you to keep going,” she said.
Glen Mia has been working with Mission Australia’s office in Bega for more than four years.
Mission Australia has helped 12 people gain employment at Glen Mia.
“The relationship is good and I’ve got to mention Mission Australia’s Brooke Ryan, who has been exceptional, very professional,” Mr Hinton said.
Glen Mia emerged as the winner from an outstanding field of local entries.
The Hintons were recognised for their ability to employ people from all backgrounds and ages, including some employees over the age of 60.
Mr Hinton said job stability was hard for residents in small towns, such as Bega.
Glen Mia focuses on providing a supportive and encouraging work environment for new and existing employees.
Employees are given on-the-job training and are encouraged to ask questions and discuss issues they are having with the role.
Mission Australia regional manager for the South Coast Bretty Fahey said Glen Mia has made an outstanding contribution to the local community and economy.
“It was a tough field, but Glen Mia stood out for its dedication in helping local job seekers turn their lives around,” he said.
“Giving someone a job provides financial security and self-confidence – it also produces a tremendously positive ripple effect for families and the broader community.”
Glen Mia now goes into the running for the national award, which will be announced on October 8 in Sydney.
The national winner will be recognised at a gala dinner, with a prize to the value of $5000.