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.

First Perth School Based Trainee completes for Work Smart

Callum Clayton is the first Work Smart School Based Trainee to complete in Perth, after Work Smart opened in Perth in the second half of 2017.  Callum completed a Cert III in Hospitality with host employer Mantra on Hay in the City.  Callum hopes to use his new qualification and work experience to achieve his short term goal of working his way around Europe.

Work Smart is working in synergy with more than a dozen high schools and colleges in Perth to create school based trainee ship opportunities for students to help prepare them for life after school.  Work Smart has several more Perth School Based Trainees also due to complete in school term 3 in September 2018 across different qualification areas.

Pictured is Perth Business Development and Training Officer Paul Hickey, Callum Clayton and Corpus Christi Head of VET and Transition Services Kath Davey.

Caitlyn’s a Great Support

Caitlyn Eades is an Australind Senior High School student and has worked hard over the last 13 months to complete her Cert III in Individual Support (Disability) as a School based trainee.

Caitlyn worked with host employer Morrissey Homestead for her on the job training and completed her units of competency through Corporate First Aid Australia as her RTO.

Work Smart has been visiting and mentoring Caitlyn throughout her traineeship. Tracie Yardley, Work Smart’s Business Development and Training Officer, is excited that Caitlyn is her first SBT to commence and complete this qualification. Tracie wishes Caitlyn all the best for the future and also wants to thank Morrissey Homestead LTD and Corporate First Aid Australia for their support of Caitlyn.

Anne Mitchell , Lisa Malatesta, Caitlyn Eades, Tony Sommerville  and Tracie Yardley


Jasmine Takes The Next Step

Jasmine Winmar successfully completed her certificate ll School based Business traineeship in 2017 and because she impressed the team at her host employer WA Country Health Service so much they offered her a full time traineeship studying Cert lll in Business.

Jasmine works with the WACHS Inlands Project Management team at both the head office in Bunbury and with her supervisors in Manjimup helping with the transition from the old building to the new Warren Hospital.

Work Smart employ Jasmine and provide regular support and mentoring to her during her traineeship placement with WA Country Health who are her host employer providing on the job training.

Jasmine has a positive approach to her

employment and training and is doing very well with her cert lll studies. Work Smart Business Development and Employment Field Officer Tracie Yardley said she is very proud of Jasmines achievements and the commitment she shows to the work environment.  Jasmine has fitted in very well with the team at WA Country Health and her hard work and commitment to the training program has given her a solid base for future employment opportunities.

Tracie & Jasmine


All The Best Chloe

Chloe Singer is our newest Work Smart ASBT for WA Country Health Service and is employed at the Harvey Hospital.

Chloe is our youngest School Based Trainee and  is in year 10 at Harvey Senior High School.

Chloe impressed her WACHS supervisors over a 3 week work experience trial and then commenced her 18 month Certificate II in Business, on June 14th.

Our Bunbury Training and Business Development Officer Tracie Yardley, will be supporting Chloe all the way.

Chloe Singer, Year 10.