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.

Darby Believes in Training

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.

ATC Work Smart Apprentices & Trainees Pay Periods

All Apprentices and Trainees timesheets must received by ATC Work Smart every fortnight on a Monday. Timesheets must be signed by your supervisor before we can pay you. If your timesheet is late we may not be able to process your pay until the following fortnight.

Please send or deliver timesheets to ATC Work Smart:
Fax: (08)9842 1001
Email: or
In person: ATC Work Smart, 5 Barker Road, Albany WA
(if office closed please place timesheet in the stainless steel box by the entrance).

We must have a timesheet for all pay periods, even if you are on annual leave, sick leave/workers comp, leave without pay or any other type leave. If you are taking leave, an Application for Leave form must also filled in, signed by your supervisor and sent in along with your timesheet (if taking sick leave for more than 2 consecutive days a doctors certificate is required).

Please download the link below.
Fortnightly Pay Period dates and Timesheet due by dates.
Keep a copy in with your timesheet book for future reference.
Pay Periods 18.06.17 – 10.02.18 click link to download

Holiday Season Trading Hours

Christmas and New Years trading hours at ATC Work Smart are as follows:

  • Monday 26th December – CLOSED (Public Holiday)
  • Tuesday 27th December – CLOSED (Public Holiday)
  • Wednesday 28th December – 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thursday  29th December –  8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Friday 30th December –  8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Saturday 31st December  – CLOSED
  • Sunday 1st January 2017 – CLOSED 
  • Monday 2nd January 2017 – CLOSED (Public Holiday)

Happy Holidays from everyone at ATC Work Smart. We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year.


Meredith, Peter and Lizzie standing with the ATC Work Smart Christmas Tree

Work Place Learner – Sophie Guy


Meet our recent Work Place Learner, Sophie Guy. Sophie is currently completing year 12 at Great Southern Grammar School. A part of her Certificate II in Business required Sophie to complete a set amount of hours in a business environment.

Commencing her placement at ATC Work Smart in May 2016, Sophie’s main role was working in reception. She also assisted in other areas around the office. Sophie was enthusiastic and keen to learn the way our office ran on a daily basis and excelled in the role. She completed the required hours at ATC Work Smart in September 2016.

It was a pleasure to have Sophie as a Workplace Learner and the team here at ATC Work Smart wish Sophie every success for the future.


Comment from Sophie:

I am currently completing my Certificate II in Business during my final year at Great Southern Grammar. This required me to work a total of 110 hours in a business setting which I did at ATC Work Smart.sophie-guy-at-computer

During my time at ATC I was shown the ropes of the business itself, this included things such as how to file, archive, answer phones and respond to people’s enquiries, data entry on the computer, as well as many other admin tasks.

I very much enjoyed the experience and am grateful for the confidence and knowledge ATC have given me within my field of study.

I am also thankful I got to work with a fun but professional team who all had something to teach me. Thank you ATC for having me as your Workplace Learner!