Opportunity knocks for these young people.

Put your resume together, prepare for an interview, work hard at your work placement and Wow! you’ve achieved a School-Based Traineeship (SBT)in an area which potentially could lead to your ideal career. These 18 Mount Barker Community College students, and another 5 in the pipeline, have now started their upper school program with a traineeship. This is effectively a part-time job, which involves on the job training and gaining an additional qualification, whilst doing their normal school subjects.

Schools have changed! Flexible innovative programs, strong connections with local employers, effective partnerships with training organisations and supportive parents, are all necessary elements. The outcome is: Young people engaged in their learning, developing valuable knowledge, skills and workplace connections, all whilst growing in confidence.

Let’s look at some of these students individually. Laila Pearce, Holly Pearce and Georgia Harding wish to follow an education career path. Working alongside teachers in the Kindy and Pre-primary classrooms while undertaking a Certificate III Education Support they are going to develop very useful skills. Jamie Lawn our Head Boy is doing a SBT at the Gillami Environment Centre in Cranbrook, in preparation for his dream career as a park ranger. He could potentially have some competition however from Isabella Dew who has recently joined the Department of Biodiversity in Albany and is keen on a similar career. Isabella works at the Department’s office every Thursday and is completing a Certificate III in Business; her Supervisor Jody Browne coordinates her daily tasks and ensures she gets to experience a range of skills in the office with an emphasis on environmental management.

As you can imagine, to ensure that all goes smoothly with the SBTs, there is quite a bit of activity behind the scenes. Mount Barker Community College works closely with ATC Work Smart, a Group Training Company which provides considerable support for the students and the employers. They assist in sourcing host employers, consult with the college on what is the most appropriate qualification and provide mentoring and support to the trainee. In addition to this, ATC Work Smart take on the legal responsibilities of managing payroll and workers compensation insurance and also provide valuable financial incentives to the host employers when the student completes the qualification.

School-Based Traineeships are available in a wide range of industry areas including but not limited to: Building, Automotive, Engineering, Agriculture, Sport and Recreation, Retail and Business. At Mount Barker Community College our students are engaged in a total of 10 additional qualifications that we don’t provide in our normal program. No wonder we support School-Based Traineeships.