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.