ATC Work Smart is pleased to announce that the team has settled in to the new purpose-built building located at 5 Barker Road, Albany. It has been a long journey in planning, building and moving but we’re all very pleased with the outcome and invite anyone who wishes, to come and see us at our new building. ATC Work Smart thanks everyone who was involved in the project.
We would also like to take this opportunity to advise of some changes that may affect you:
Address: 5 Barker Road, Albany WA 6330
Mailing Address: PO Box 1409, Albany WA 6331
Phone Number: (08) 6819 5300
Fax Number: (08) 9842 1001
Kelsey Allen was employed by ATC Work Smart as a school based trainee in Retail Services during 2014 and worked one day per week during school terms at Pet Time in Mt Barker.
Since graduating school Kelsey has become employed full time and has taken on greater responsibilities including opening and closing the store and will soon assist in training a new school based trainee.
Kelsy said, “The Traineeship improved my confidence and it was great that I got my WACE certificate, I got paid for learning and gained real skills and experience that helped me get a fulltime job.”
By using the group training services of ATC Work Smart host employers receive administration and training support as well as flexibility through a choice of trainees. Employers often use the process to assess the longer term suitability of the trainee before offering them a full time position.
Interested students who require more details about school based traineeships should contact their school VET coordinator or ATC Work Smart.
Well done to Kelsey on a top effort and excellent outcome
ATTENTION APPRENTICES AND TRAINEES:
From 1st January 2015 all students will be required to have a USI number
If you are enrolling or re-enrolling to complete a course in 2015, you will be required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) prior to enrolling / re-enrolling.
Your USI will keep your training records and results together in an online account so that you may access your records at your own convenience. Even if you enrol with a new training organisation or in a different course, you records will be updated with the results from each training organisation that you enrol with.
FOLLOW THE STEPS BELLOW TO ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE YOUR USI BY THE 1ST JANUARY 2015… IT’S EASY!
STEP 1: You will need to have at least one form of ID ready (driver’s licence, Australian passport, Medicare card, birth certificate etc.)
STEP 2: Have your personal contact details ready – place of birth, address, email, contact number, etc.
STEP 3: Visit www.usi.gov.au and click on ‘Create a USI’
STEP 4: Follow the steps, agree to the terms and conditions and create a password starting with a ‘special key’ (i.e. symbol – ! @ # &)
STEP 5: Write down the USI number that is provided and keep it somewhere safe for future use—you will also receive a confirmation email
STEP 6: When enrolling, bring the number with you to provide to the training organisation
For more information, please call us on (08) 6819 5300 or email email@example.com
Head to the official USI website at www.usi.gov.au
For a printable version of this information click here
As a part of our commitment to the community, ATC Work Smart has donated $200.00 to the Albany Hospice rather than spending the money on Christmas cards and postage.
The Albany Hospice provides palliative care to improve the quality of life for those how have life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses, they also provide support to families and loved ones through difficult times. Whilst Government organisations cover 70 % of the costs to run the Albany Hospice, they require the support of the community to cover the rest of the funding required.
This Christmas, instead of spending money on another gift that will collect dust in the cupboard or on Christmas cards, have a think about the people who are less fortunate and in need of support, make a donation to the Albany Hospice and make a difference to the lives that they provide care to.
Head to their website for more information and to make a donation (link below):
The ATC Work Smart Santa is back at the Albany Plaza Shopping Centre this year so don’t forget to go and say hello and get some photos with our Father Christmas and his helper!
Santa and his helper will be at the Albany Plaza Shopping Centre from the 12th December to 24th December between 10.00 am – 2.00 pm Monday – Saturday and 11.00 am – 3.00 pm on Sunday
The Team at ATC Work Smart wishes you all a safe Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Send us your photos with Father Christmas to firstname.lastname@example.org
The team at ATC Work Smart celebrated with a staff Christmas party at the Princess Royal Fortress Park on Saturday 29th November. It was a great turn out and there were many laughs to be had and everyone left with full tummies!! Thanks to General Manager, Peter Adams, we were also treated to a tour of the National ANZAC Interpretive Centre. Thank you to everyone who was involved with organising the staff barbecue, to Reeves on Campbell for supplying the food and the team at the ANZAC Centre for having us and organising our group booking.
Pictured: (click on image for full size view)
1. Manager Peter Adams cooking up a storm!
2. The wonderful view for the ANZAC Centre
3. Our reception area Christmas tree
Today ATC Work Smart Chairman Len Smith and Board Member Julia Miller, along with Manager Peter Adams inspected the progress of the new ATC Work Smart offices on the corner of Barker Road and Albany Highway. Both Len and Julia were very impressed with the progress to date and believe that all of the planning that has gone into the development will be rewarded with a great building. The new building will enable ATC Work Smart to greatly enhance its training services
The new ATC Work Smart offices are set to be finished by February – March 2015.
We all know that going to an interview can be daunting and stressful so we have included some tips to help you out with your next interview
Do your Research
Okay, so you’ve made it to the interview stage. In preparing for your interview, you should always find out as much as you can about your prospective employer and write down some key points and ask some questions about the company. This is a good way to show your interest in the company and prospective employer.
Preparing for your interview
Remember that getting nerves before an interview is completely natural and it shows that you care about the outcome of the interview. Also remember that you have been invited along to the interview, this is a good sign that the prospective employer thinks that you are worth their time based on your resume and any screening that they have completed with you, so at this stage, give yourself a pat on the back that you have been chosen for an interview over other applicants!
Improve your Interview Technique
Take the time to prepare for your interview. Know what’s on your resume so that you can answer any questions about it, have a think about the way you present yourself, including your body language during the interview, write down some notes about the company and position to improve your knowledge about the company and the position you’re applying for. While interviewing, don’t use slang or abbreviations, don’t chew gum or drink coffee, speak clearly and if you need to think about a response to a question, that’s fine – it’s better to prepare your answer rather than stumble on your words. Make sure that you are paying attention to the questions, it can be easy to get distracted during an interview but if you do your best to listen to what the interviewer is asking, it will be easier to frame the response. Take a note pad and pen to take down any important information but don’t get carried away with writing a novel – this can be a distraction so only dot-points.
The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one and the first judgement an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. Think about your outfit on the day and depending on where and what the job entails, make sure that you dress appropriately. Try to avoid things like bright colours, heavy make-up, un-groomed facial hair and too much perfume / not enough deodorant.
Print out some interview questions (available online) and ask a family member or friend to help you practice and generate ideas about the responses to the questions. This will help with frazzled nerves and preparing the appropriate responses.
Group Interview / Panel Interview
Interviewing with one person is hard enough so it can be daunting when it is a group or panel interview. Whilst interviewing, try to connect with each person in the room by responding to the person who asked the question but also making eye contact with all of the other people in the room. In preparation for the interview, try to find out who the interviewers will be and find out what position they hold within the organisation, during the interview each person should explain their position and role within the organisation so try to show interest or ask them some questions about their role and time with the organisation.
Take the time to say ‘Thank You’
When the interview is over, take the time to thank the interviewer, this will not only show good interview etiquette, it reinforces your interest in the position and organisation. You may also consider sending a thank you letter or email and while doing so, it is also a good opportunity to ask any questions that you may have forgotten to ask during the interview. Keep in mind that your thank you letter / email should be brief and simple – a couple of short paragraphs is plenty.
Avoid Interview Mistakes
Make sure that you are on time, being late to an interview suggests poor time management skills and shows a lack of respect towards the company, position and the interviewer. Don’t take in any foods or drinks and ditch the chewing gum! Don’t forget to turn off your phone, even before you go into the interview make sure that you don’t play with your phone (even in the waiting room) this can come across as disrespectful. Make sure that you do your research about the company and position so that you can at least answer the basic question of ‘what do you know about the company’ – this is a basic interview technique that interviewers use to assess your interest in the company. Don’t zone out during an interview, it’s easy to get distracted but there’s nothing worse than having to ask for the question again – stay focussed and don’t fidget too much! Keep your answers simple – there’s nothing worse than going on and on during an interview so focus on the question at hand and keep it simple, if the interviewer wants to know more, they will ask.
We hope that this information was helpful to you and wish you all the very best with gaining employment.