A Winning Combination


Work Smart are proud to be associated with a local employer in the Pemberton Region. Jeremy Forrest owns award winning, ‘The Crossings Bakery’ in Pemberton WA. Jeremy understands the needs of the local community and youth, over the last 2 years Jeremy has “host employed” our Work Smart trainee Ethan North.

Ethan is a local Pemberton student that has a passion for hospitality. Ethan under Jeremy’s guidance, has

successfully completed 2 school based traineeships in Cert II and Cert III in Hospitality. Ethan now has time to finish year 12 and is thinking of doing a Cert IV in Business Management next year.

Work Smart are so grateful for local businesses to support our school based trainees. I want to personally thank Jeremy,  for his commitment to growing school based traineeships in the Pemberton region.


Ethan North

Jeremy Forrest





Keanna Kicks A Goal

Our Bunbury Training and Business Development Officer Tracie Yardley recently met with Coleen Devlin post Options Coordinator Girls Academy Perth, Murray Phillips A/HR manager WA Country Health Service –SW and Keanna Bennell Full Time Cert III Business Trainee at Regional Aged Care Bunbury. Colleen is preparing an article for the Girls Academy website and the local Bunbury paper and was following up on the success of the girls academy girls that had completed School Based Traineeships last year.

Colleen was so impressed with WACHS commitment to the girls that she wanted to meet with Murray, to personally thank him for his ongoing commitment to growing WACHS indigenous work force and the success we are having with completion of their traineeships.

WACHS have increased their intake of Aboriginal school based trainees for 2018 with girls from various schools, all working in different regional areas including Collie and Manjimup.

Keanna is very happy working at WACHS where she wants to finish her Cert III in Business and then go on to University to study nursing. Keanna epitomises what starting an SBT and sticking at it can achieve and said the skill set she has developed in her SBT and now her FT traineeship are invaluable. She would encourage other students to have a goal to work towards and be committed to that goal to achieve a successful outcome.

Work Smart are proud to be working with such a terrific bunch of girls and a great host employer and are looking forward to helping them achieve such excellent results.

Tracie Promotes Career Options

Our Bunbury Training and Business development officer Tracie attended the recently held Careers Expo at Bunbury Catholic College.

Schools from within the region attended and around 40 exhibitors were there from all industries.

Students left the expo with great career advice. Parents, employers and school Vet coordinators also attended.

The day was very well organised and highly successful.

Work Smart and Tracie would like to thank Bunbury Catholic College for organising and running this event.

Pula sets the standard

Pula Ryder her sister Carrie Khan and Newton Moore SHS Girls Academy manager Jess Turner (left) are all smiles after Pula signed into a School Based Traineeship (SBT) doing certificate II in Business. Pula is a year 11 student at Newton Moore Senior High School and will be working with WA Country Health Services one day a week whilst she is still at school. This is Pula’s first traineeship and Pula and her sister Carrie are very excited. Work Smart will be supporting Pula in her traineeship for the next 18 months. Pula did 2 weeks work experience with WACHS and they were very impressed with her high work ethic.

Christopher Hewton!

Christopher Hewton is a Year 12 student at Harvey Agricultural College who recently started a School Based Traineeship doing a  Certificate II in Rural operations. Chris is pictured looking very happy with his sign up documentation in hand. Our Bunbury based Business Development and Training Officer Tracie Yardley brokered a placement for Christopher with Kingston Rest Farm in Boyanup. Christ says he is passionate about farming and will use his Certificate II to further his career options at the completion of school.

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