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.

Aboriginal School Based Traineeships with WA Country Health Bunbury

We are celebrating as two Year 11 Girls Academy students signed up with ATC Work Smart for an 18 month School Based Traineeship placement with WA Country Health Service.

Whilst working at WA Country Health Service Keeana Bennell and Lauryn Loo will be completing Certificate 2 in Business.

The girls secured their Aboriginal School Based Traineeship after being interviewed and completing a 5 week work experience placements week.

After a lot of hard work the Work Place Transition team from Newton More Senior High School, Steve Dix ATC Work Smart, WA Country Health and Michelle from the Girls Academy the girls signed off on the paper work supported by their Parents

The Girls Academy thanked ATC Work Smart and WA Country Health for giving Lauryn and Keeana this wonderful opportunity.

ASBT WACHS & Steve

Get paid while you learn

ATC Work Smart is an industry leader in developing school based traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities in the Great Southern.

ATC Work Smart Field Officer Geoff Tite said, “School-based traineeships and apprenticeships are a great way for secondary students to prepare themselves for a career. Students studying towards their WA Certificate of Education can obtain paid work 1 or 2 days per week and gain nationally recognised skills and qualifications.”

One of the positives of this initiative is students in year 11 or 12 can engage in an apprenticeship or traineeship that can be a seamless transition to employment once their WACE is completed. From an employer perspective they can readily identify good candidates and involve them in their business in a formal training program at an early stage.

Mr. Tite said, “Employing a school based trainee is a great way for employers to help solve skill shortage issues and that investing in staff through training can be critical to their business success.”

There are financial incentives for employers who take on an ATC Work Smart school based trainee, with the added bonus of the trainee not having to pay any TAFE fees for the period they are school based.

Geoff & Emma Skipping SBT

NASHS School based trainee Emma Skippings shows ATC’s Geoff Tite the range of giftware available at Hot House Flowers where she is completing a Certificate II in Floristry.