Tainui’s Dedication Results in Success

All of the staff at ATC Work Smart, Great Southern Toyota and Katanning Senior High School would like to congratulate Tainui Andrews for successfully completing your Light Mechanical School Based Apprenticeship. A huge thanks to Steve Sloan at Great Southern Toyota and Alicia Turner at Katanning Senior High School for your ongoing support.

Tainui’s dedication to his trade has been outstanding and has resulted in him being offered a full time apprenticeship.

School Based Traineeships are a great opportunity for students to graduate Year 12 with a Certificate II or III Qualification and participate in the workforce to gain experience and add value to businesses.

If your business would like to invest in training young people and add value to the local community please contact ATC Work Smart for more information.


Trainee Of The Year – Katanning Senior High School

All of the Staff at ATC Work Smart would like to Congratulate Cooper Ward for his outstanding Achievement of Trainee of the Year at Katanning Senior High School upon completing his Traineeship in Panel Beating at Katanning Panel Beating.

ATC Work Smart field officer David Crosby congratulates Cooper on his achievements.

Well done Cooper we wish you all the best in the future and a huge thanks to Cameron and Kylie at Katanning Panel Beating, Alicia Turner at Katanning Senior High School and the Katanning CRC Hub.

School Based Traineeships are great opportunity for students to graduate Year 12 with a Certificate II or III Qualification and participate in the workforce to add value to businesses.

If your business would like to invest in training young people and add value to the local community please contact ATC Work Smart for more information.

December Trading Hours


Please find our December 2018 trading times, please take into consideration that pay times and time sheet due dates may be affected by these closures.

ATC Work Smart wishes everyone a safe holiday and happy new year.


Stephanee Gets Clobbered

Newton Moore SHS student Stephanee O’Neill and ATC Work Smart’s Business Development Officer Tracie Yardley are excited about Stephanee commencing her SBT Cert III in Retail with host employer Work Clobber Bunbury.

ATC Work Smart would again like to thank owner Liz McNaughton for commencing another SBT in her business. Liz see’s it as a way to encourage young people into the work force by enabling them to work 1 day a week but still attend school.

ATC Work Smart will be supporting both Stephanee and Work Clobber for the next 18 months of the SBT journey.

Ryan Doubles His Skills

Manjimup high School student Ryan Edwards has just completed his second School Based Traineeship with his host employer PH Rural in Manjimup.

Ryan completed a Certificate II in Retail during 2017 then commenced a Cert III in Retail in September 2017 which he completed in September this year.

Host employer Debbie Sanders from PH Rural said that Ryan was such an important part of her team. His work day on Friday’s as a school based trainee was invaluable to her organisation. She encouraged Ryan to also work on Saturday’s some of the time. Ryan enjoyed his work placement so much that when he completed his Cert II in Retail he was very keen to go on and complete a Cert III in Retail. Work Smart’s Business Development and training officer Tracie Yardley was there to help and support both Debbie the host employer and Ryan through both school based traineeships.

Vocational Training Services Business Development officer Ryan Piggott assisted Ryan with his training throughout both traineeships.

Now that Ryan has graduated year 12 Debbie has offered him a full time job at PH Rural. This is a great outcome for Ryan, Debbie and the Manjimup region.

Making It Easy For Employers To Host School Based Trainees & Support Their Local Community

This week Micah Huts from Willetton SHS completed his School Based Traineeship in Horticulture, hosted by the Melville Glades Golf Club.  Micah worked with the Greens team 2 days a week for 12 months across year 11 and 12, and completed a Certificate II in Horticulture supported totally on the job with monthly visits from Rural Training Australia as the RTO.

Work Smart acts as the legal employer for the school based trainee and manages every facet of the traineeship including but not limited to finding host employers; interviewing SBT candidates, training contract signup; RTO registration and management; monitoring of qualification progress; site visits; pay administration; workers compensation; behaviour management and mentoring.

School based Traineeships can be difficult for small business to manage directly because so many stakeholders are involved (school, student, parents, RTO, AASN and employer) and there are so many things to know about around managing training contracts and the award pay and conditions involved.  As a Group Training Organisation, managing apprentices and trainees is our core business, leaving small businesses to act as host employers and focus on their core business.  As a not for profit organisation we exist only to create opportunities for young people in the community and to increase trainee and apprentice completion rates which are statistically at their lowest when small businesses attempt to direct hire.

Micah is pictured being congratulated by Dane McBride (Melville Glades Golf Club Course Superintendent).

If you have a small business and would like to support your local community by providing industry learning opportunities for school based trainees then contact Work Smart for advice on how we can help.

Chris’s School Based Training Success

Bunbury Catholic College student Chris Samuels has just completed his certificate II in Retail with host employer Work Clobber.

Liz McNaughton has now host employed and completed 2 school based trainee’s in retail and is very supportive of the school based traineeship model.

Chris, Tracie (ATC Work Smart) & Liz McNaughton

Chris has enjoyed his time at Work Clobber and is still going to work casually for them as well as pursuing other work.

Vocational Training Services worked with Chris to complete the units of competency he needed to complete his Cert II Retail qualification.

ATC Work Smart are very encouraged by the effort Chris put in to complete his certificate. Tracie from ATC Work Smart conducted site visits over the last 12 months to support and mentor Chris along his training journey.

Pre-Apprenticeship Qualifications as School Based Traineeships

Rakeam Jones is the second Gilmore College Clontarf Academy student to complete a school based trainee ship this month, with Work Smart.  Rakeam had a love for working with his hands in the outdoors and so was signed up in September last year to do a Cert II in Horticulture ASBT with the City of Kwinana as the host employer.  Rakeam worked with the Horticulture team out of the Operations Depot.  By completing this pre-apprenticeship level qualification and gaining real on the job experience working in a professional horticulture team one day a week during high school, Rakeam has proven himself as a genuine candidate for employers like Kwinana City that may be looking to take on Horticulture Apprentices in 2019.

Pictured in the photo is Rakeam Jones being presented his Certificate qualification on behalf of the RTO by Tony French (Coordinator of Parks) for the City of Kwinana.  It’s fitting the photo was taken in the grounds of the City of Kwinana Administration building, because maintaining and beautifying this area was one of responsibilities of the horticulture team that Rakeam worked with.

If you have a career interest that you would like to explore while in high school, contact Work Smart for advice on school based traineeships.

Stakeholders Celebrate Brett Completing SBT

Gilmore College Clontarf Academy student Brett Pitt completed his School Based Traineeship Cert II in Sport and Recreation this month, with host employer Roar Fitness 247 in Cockburn.  All of the stakeholders were on hand to recognise Brett’s success.

From left to right is Work Smart’s Field Officer Paul Hickey, Roar Fitness Supervisor Conal Mahoney, star trainee Brett Pitt, YMCA Trainer/Assessor Leanne Coverly-Brandis and the Gilmore College Clontarf Director Stephen Davies.

In Work Smart’s role as legal employer our field officers are responsible for acting as the single point of contact for all stake holders to make sure that our apprentices and trainees have high completion rates.  Brett was highly engaged in his trainee ship and earned plenty of respect at work.  He has certainly modelled the way for his Clontarf Academy peers. Many thanks to Roar Fitness 247 for their unwavering support as host employer for Brett.

Future Possibilities

Team members from our Bunbury based businesses, Tracie from ATC Work Smart and Skylar from Corporate First Aid Australia, attended the annual Bunbury Future Possibilities Youth Conference held recently.

Skylar from CFA, Tracie from ATC 

The annual conference is designed for students with disabilities plus indigenous students from years 10-12 who are preparing to transition from school to work or further study. The day was made up of presentations, workshops, some recreation and most importantly in the eyes of the students – lunch! Workshops included; Independent Living, Job Readiness, Personal Safety, Proper Relationships and Life Goals. In between attending workshops students were invited to visit exhibitor stalls to gather information on relevant support services and training options in the region.