Excellent Ebony!

Ebony Williams commenced with ATC Work Smart as a year 10 School Based Trainee (indigenous) on 17/2/17 and was placed with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Donnelly Region (Pemberton.) Ebony officially completed her Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management in March this year.  The Team at the DBCA including her mentors Jeff Kempton and Tracey Robbins can’t speak highly enough of Ebony and are encouraging her to stay in touch even when she is at UNI as they would like her back someday.

Ebony won the Southern Regional TAFE award for excellence and can be seen holding it in the photo. She was the youngest recipient on the night. Our Training and Business Development Officer based in Bunbury, Tracie Yardley said Ebony epitomises what an SBT is all about and what can be achieved with hard work. The DBCA recently held a morning tea for Ebony and 15 staff attended all of whom had had some contact with Ebony.

Tracey and Jeff advised that this was a pilot SBT program for DBCA and thanks to the success they had with Ebony they would like more SBT’s in the future and are currently looking into this as a regional approach.

Crystal Sets the Standard.

Crystal Sets the Standard.

Crystal Buswell, her mum Kylie and Tracie Yardley from our Bunbury office are excited that Crystal has started her School based Traineeship within West Australian Country Health Service based at the Bunbury Regional Hospital.
Crystal impressed the WACHS team so much on just 1 work experience day last term that she was offered the first SBT for WACHS 2018 intake. Crystal is very excited to be working 1 day a week whilst she is still attending school. WACHS believe she will be a great team member.

Not just working hard – Working Smart

Working smart, doesn’t mean that you work extra hard. It is about working collaboratively as demonstrated by the team at Corporate First Aid Australia (CFAA) and Work Smart.

Recently Tracie Yardley, Business Development and Training Officer for Work Smart in Bunbury and Dianne Needham, Training Manager at RTO Corporate First Aid Australia, teamed up to create training and employment opportunities in the South West.

Meeting with Sandra Crisp Business Manager of APM, Dianne discussed the advantages of CFAA’s model of delivery of CHC33015 Certificate in Individual Support, as well as their highly successful first aid training courses. Tracie was on hand to explain the advantages of traineeships and exactly how they benefit business and employees.

Tracie and Dianne believe that by working smart, they create a competitive advantage for themselves and their potential clients, building the capacity of all.

Dianne – CFAA, Sandra – APM, Tracie – Work Smart

Jordan is “Switched On”

Meet recently qualified Electrician, Jordan Oldfield. Jordan completed his 4 year Electrical Apprenticeship with host employer, Mount Barker Electrics.

Jordan received 100% on his capstone assessment! Well done from all the team at ATC Work Smart Jordan.

If you are seeking an Apprenticeship, please call ATC Work Smart and book an appointment to meet with our Employment & Training Officers (08)6819 5300

Foundations Set for Student Housing

Work has started on a major initiative to provide affordable student accommodation in Albany.

Under the management of the Great Southern Community Housing Association, five, four-bedroom units are under construction in the Norman House precinct, providing 20 beds for higher education students including those attending University or travelling to Albany for TAFE training (Including apprenticeships)

The $3 million project is supported by $1.17 million of State Government funding secured with the assistance of the Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC).

On Friday 24 March, Albany MLA Peter Watson joined the project team at the site as the first concrete pour started, laying the foundations for the units. Mr Watson is shown above right, with, from left, ATC Work Smart General Manager, Peter Adams in his capacity as Chairman of Great Southern Community Housing, Tom Stevens (H+H Architects) and Brett Joynes (Construction Supervisor). The units will complement the historic Norman House, which will remain intact.

School Based Trainees Awarded for Results

Our Bunbury based Business Development Officer, Tracie Yardley spends time with Newton More Girls Academy students, Keeana, Lauryn and Jasmine discussing their Certificate II Business traineeship.

Tracie is so pleased to be associated with a growing group of young Indigenous School Based Trainees that are taking control of their own future. They are all employed by us at Work Smart and are gaining a variety of Certificate II qualifications which includes working one day of their school week at a host employer.

It was with great pride during the last Girls Academy award night that 2 of these students accepted special awards. These students are held in high regard by their supervisors and other staff within their work places. Well done girls!

This is proof that these students are taking their school work and their traineeship seriously and that the future is very bright for them.

Tracie is often asked why promote School Based Traineeships, why not just get the students to do un-paid work experience. Tracie believes by paying the trainees for the work they do, the workplace is more inclined to give them meaningful tasks which make them more committed to the job resulting in them being more productive for the business.

These students will be a step ahead of the competition for jobs and the qualification they gain could be used for entry into tertiary studies if that’s a path they choose.

ATC Work Smart Support for Ice Breaker Program

ATC Work Smart has made a donation of $5000 to PCYC to keep the very successful Ice Breaker program running for the next couple of months. ATC General Manager Peter Adams said the money recently promised by the WA Labor party during the election campaign has not yet been provided and if the program stops running the opportunity to change lives will be lost.

The Ice Breakers Program developed by Albany local Margaret Gordon helps the user to navigate their way through their addiction by providing support and encouragement to take ownership of their addiction so that they can make effective choices about their future. The program provides tools for change and shows the user how to use the tools when they are tempted by high risk situations.

“The whole community including business is effected at some level by the use of illicit drugs and if our contribution can save a family from the destructive power of ice then it’s money well spent” Mr Adams said.

If you can donate to the program or are in need of assistance to break your addiction contact Terry Eaton at PCYC (08) 9842 1716

Margaret Gordon explains to ATC Work Smart General Manager Peter Adams how the Ice Breaker program is changing lives.

Apprenticeship Recommencement for Sheldon Smith

Meet Sheldon Smith. Sheldon originally commenced his apprenticeship as an Electrician in Perth. After completing 3 years of his apprenticeship, Sheldon had to return to his family farm in Katanning due to personal reasons. This left Sheldon’s apprenticeship incomplete.

Sheldon approached South Regional TAFE’s Electrical Lecturer, Gary Christiansen, seeking his assistance to recommence his apprenticeship. Gary advised ATC Work Smart of Sheldon’s situation and ATC Work Smart were able to facilitate with Matt Levitzke, owner of Dhu South Electrical, and get Sheldon back to completing his apprenticeship.

Sheldon is anticipating completing his apprenticeship in 12 months. This is the first time Matt Levitzke from Dhu South Electrical has hosted an apprentice. Matt said he is impressed with Sheldon and that he is progressing well.