Congrats to Applecross Senior High School SBT Students

Applecross SHS is a highly ranked public school in WA for ATAR performance, but they also strongly support students on the vocational education and training pathway.  ATC Work Smart has been working with Applecross SHS students for the last 2 years, and September sees a second band of year 12’s completing school based traineeships through ATC Work Smart.  Students in the past have completed SBT qualifications in Community Pharmacy, Business, Hospitality, Horticulture and Sport and Recreation.  School Based trainees, get paid, complete a nationally recognised qualification at no cost, have a qualification that contributes towards their WACE, gain valuable transportable employability skills and occasionally create job opportunities that can walk into after finishing year 12.  Congratulations to all the ATC Work Smart SBT students.

Pictured in the photo are 5 of the 7 YR12 students that have either completed or are completing a school based traineeship this month.

Congratulations Esther Daw!

ATC Work Smart would like to congratulate Esther Daw who has successfully completed a School Based Traineeship in Certificate II in Salon Assist.
When I met and interviewed Esther last year I immediately knew that she wanted to be a hair dresser and that she was committed to undertaking training that could lead to an Apprenticeship. When I explained the School Based Traineeship program and that ATC Work Smart would employ her and find her a host employer to gain a nationally recognised qualification and workplace experience she was very excited to participate
After introducing Esther to Holly Watterson Hair Artistry and participating in a workplace trial Holly said that Esther was exactly the type of Trainee she was looking for.
Esther has been a wonderful Trainee and has completed all of her units in a timely manner to a high standard whilst maintaining her Year 11 studies at Albany Senior High School.
Esther I would like to acknowledge your achievement, commitment, professionalism and hard work this year and everyone at ATC Work Smart wishes you all the best in the future.
Congratulations Esther well done!

Pictured: School Based Trainee Esther Daw and David Crosby ATC Work Smart Business Development and Training Officer in Albany.

Congratulations Millie Jones

Congratulations Millie Jones!

ATC Work Smart would like to congratulate Millie Jones for her successful completion of Cert III in Business.

Millie has been studying Year 12 at Katanning Senior High School and started her School Based Traineeship in December 2019. Millie has been a wonderful employee in this important program to provide students with increased employability once they leave school. Millie has also maintained a high standard of academic achievement in Year 12 and can always be relied on to help and assist others at School and in the workplace.
Millie’s host employer Great Southern Toyota have been very impressed with Millie’s capability and commitment to completing her qualification during year 12 which has led to additional work opportunities before Millie spends her gap year travelling and spending time with family.
Everyone at ATC Work Smart wishes you all the best in the future Millie, you have worked hard and deserve every opportunity in the future.

Pictured: School Based Trainee Millie Jones and David Crosby Business Development and Training Officer for ATC Work Smart

Congratulations Reece Marshall

ATC Work Smart would like to congratulate Reece Marshall on the successful completion of his Plumbing Apprenticeship.

Reece decided a long time ago that he wanted a career in a trade that would provide him with a diverse range of workplaces, applications, industries, and locations. A plumbing apprenticeship with ATC Work Smart has meant that no two days are the same working on different types of domestic, industrial and commercial applications in many different locations around the Great Southern Area.

Congratulations Reece from everyone at ATC Work Smart.

ATC Work Smart Apprentice Reece Marshall

Bryonie Stokes – NAIDOC Young Person of the Year!

ATC Work Smart is proud to acknowledge that Bryonie Stokes was named the 2019 NAIDOC Young Person of the Year Award by Southern Aboriginal Corporation at a ceremony held in their Kelly St building on Monday 8th July 2019.

Bryonie, a Yr 12 student from Albany Senior High School, commenced her School Based Traineeship in July 2018 after expressing to her VET and Follow the Dream Coordinators that she had an interest in working in the health services industry. With the assistance of Janice Ford and Stuart Myers, Bryonie met with Siobhain from ATC Work Smart who was able to secure her an SBT with Hawthorne House where she is in paid employment one day a week whilst also completing a Certificate III Individual Support. Throughout the last 14 months under the guidance and supervision of staff from Hawthorne House, along with ongoing mentorship and support from ATC Work Smart, Bryonie has been providing ongoing care to Dementia sufferers in the Albany community. Her commitment to her traineeship has seen her work tirelessly during study periods at ASHS completing course work, as well as attending after school tutoring through the Follow the Dream program.  In addition to this Bryonie has sacrificed school holidays in order to work full time hours with Hawthorne House to ensure she successfully completes her traineeship in time for school graduation in September.

ATC Work Smart would like to offer their congratulations to Bryonie who is making considerable progress in achieving her Certificate III Individual Support qualification which she then hopes to use as an entry into nursing in the future. WAY TO GO!!

Max’s Successful Completion!

ATC Worksmart would like to congratulate Max Barrett who has successfully completed his Cert II in Horticulture hosted at the Shire of Broomehill Tambellup. Max has demonstrated the importance of completing his on and off the job training in order to achieve a qualification that will allow him to build a positive and prosperous future. Well done Max!

ATC Worksmart would like to recognise the contribution of the Shire of Broomehill Tambellup for their dedication and commitment to the ongoing training of Apprentices and Trainees within the Great Southern Region. The Shire have invested their time and expertise to train young people in Business, Horticulture and Heavy Duty Mechanical Technology which has led to the successful completion of qualifications by trainees and apprentices in the local area.

Thank-you to all the staff at the Shire of Broomehill Tambellup.

David Crosby and Max Barrett

Opportunity knocks for these young people.

Put your resume together, prepare for an interview, work hard at your work placement and Wow! you’ve achieved a School-Based Traineeship (SBT)in an area which potentially could lead to your ideal career. These 18 Mount Barker Community College students, and another 5 in the pipeline, have now started their upper school program with a traineeship. This is effectively a part-time job, which involves on the job training and gaining an additional qualification, whilst doing their normal school subjects.

Schools have changed! Flexible innovative programs, strong connections with local employers, effective partnerships with training organisations and supportive parents, are all necessary elements. The outcome is: Young people engaged in their learning, developing valuable knowledge, skills and workplace connections, all whilst growing in confidence.

Let’s look at some of these students individually. Laila Pearce, Holly Pearce and Georgia Harding wish to follow an education career path. Working alongside teachers in the Kindy and Pre-primary classrooms while undertaking a Certificate III Education Support they are going to develop very useful skills. Jamie Lawn our Head Boy is doing a SBT at the Gillami Environment Centre in Cranbrook, in preparation for his dream career as a park ranger. He could potentially have some competition however from Isabella Dew who has recently joined the Department of Biodiversity in Albany and is keen on a similar career. Isabella works at the Department’s office every Thursday and is completing a Certificate III in Business; her Supervisor Jody Browne coordinates her daily tasks and ensures she gets to experience a range of skills in the office with an emphasis on environmental management.

As you can imagine, to ensure that all goes smoothly with the SBTs, there is quite a bit of activity behind the scenes. Mount Barker Community College works closely with ATC Work Smart, a Group Training Company which provides considerable support for the students and the employers. They assist in sourcing host employers, consult with the college on what is the most appropriate qualification and provide mentoring and support to the trainee. In addition to this, ATC Work Smart take on the legal responsibilities of managing payroll and workers compensation insurance and also provide valuable financial incentives to the host employers when the student completes the qualification.

School-Based Traineeships are available in a wide range of industry areas including but not limited to: Building, Automotive, Engineering, Agriculture, Sport and Recreation, Retail and Business. At Mount Barker Community College our students are engaged in a total of 10 additional qualifications that we don’t provide in our normal program. No wonder we support School-Based Traineeships.

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.