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Ryman’s culture of support for those starting their careers

Written by Ryman careers
on May 22, 2019

Monima Thapa loves the support Ryman has given her in her role

Monima Thapa has made a set of determined steps on the career pathway to where she is today, working as a senior caregiver in Ryman Healthcare’s Woodcote Retirement Village.

Her career choice was made during her time as a student at Lincoln High School, south of Christchurch. She was able to take advantage of the school’s ‘Gateway Programme’, designed to give students an opportunity to integrate school studies with workplace experience.  A three-day volunteer placement soon led her to Woodcote, located in Hornby.

Village Manager Liz Hampton was instrumental in helping her on her way. Liz saw an opportunity to offer Monima with some weekend work – and she started with a five-hour Sunday afternoon shift learning the basics of being a care coordinator.

Liz also offered her a $6,000 Ryman Scholarship with the funding spread over three years to help enable her Bachelor of Nursing degree at Ara Institute of Canterbury.

"It’s a small village, so we’re close with the residents. We know everyone and it’s a real family here."

Woodcote senior caregiver Monima Thapa

Monima is now in the second year of her degree, supported by the scholarship and works at Woodcote 13 hours a week. She is looking forward to finishing her study and gaining a permanent job with Ryman Healthcare.

The work at Woodcote has also increased her communication skills, given the positive village environment which enables her to talk and interact with residents. “It’s a small village, so we’re close with the residents. We know everyone and it’s a real family here.”

She loves mingling with staff, and says the culture is very positive and supportive. “For example, just the way we interact with residents – there’s a lot of focus on being kind, respectful and talking one-on-one.”  

Monima is now coming up to two years working with and being part of the Ryman family, and loves the culture of the company.

“When I started working here it just made me be more confident that nursing is what I want to do. It definitely helped me choose my path.”

Ryman has launched a Connecting with schools programme, partnering with local schools to help students interested in the care sector get a start. Our company offers student placements in caregiving and cookery as well as construction apprenticeships. We also give guidance on other job opportunities throughout the company. 

If you would like to find out more about Connecting with Schools or Ryman Scholarships please contact our Recruitment Team on 

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