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.
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
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).
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 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
ATC Work Smart will be closed on Thursday the 26th January and Friday the 27th January 2017
Happy Australia Day from all the team at ATC Work Smart
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.
At ATC Work Smart we provide opportunities for young Australians to achieve long term, sustainable employment, through targeted Training and Employment.
Darby Bohning is a very active and self-motivated Indigenous young person who in 2007 won an Indigenous Young Achiever award. Darby had completed a Safety at Work White Card, First Aid Certificate and undertaken a work placement in refrigeration and air-conditioning while at school before recently approaching ATC Work Smart looking for the opportunity to take up full time training. Darby listed a number of areas that he was most interested in and after consultation with host employers we were able to place him in a roof plumbing apprenticeship with Nathan Lewis Roofing..
Darby wants to encourage more Indigenous people to take up training opportunities to advance their career prospects and he believes apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to gain training while earning an income and open doors for better job opportunities once the training is completed.
Darby has regular on-the-job mentoring visits from his ATC Work Smart employment officer as well as discussions and progress reports from his TAFE lecturer. His host employer, Nathan Lewis, is committed to ensuring Darby continues to be supported in the workplace and is currently paying Darby an above award rate which is a testament to the commitment shown by his host employer and to the good work ethic and progress Darby is achieving.