18

Sep

Strathfield Girls High student wins 2017 VET in Schools Student of the Year

 

Talented, articulate, passionate and ambitious describe Rose Cox, who recently won this prestigious award.

Rose chose to undertake Hospitality in Year 11 and 12 as part of her Higher School Certificate. A mandatory requirement of this VET course is to undergo two weeks of work placement in industry.

VET (Vocational Education and Training) is part of tertiary education which provides accredited training in job related and technical skills. It covers a large number of careers and industries like trades and office work, retail, hospitality and technology.

Rose successfully completed her Hospitality work placements at Novotel Darling Harbour and at Steersons Steakhouse and was offered work at both.

Novotel Supervisor Leigh Roberson said “Rose got really involved and this is what makes work placement great. If the student shows interest, the Chefs will show the student much more than usual. Rose was so impressive she was making omelettes for our guests in the open kitchen during service.”

Rose’s teacher, Miss Da Silva says “Rose is a dedicated student who is committed to taking advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. She gives 110% in whatever she does and enjoys learning new skills. She is a gifted and hardworking student.”

Rose added “I love cooking. You’re able to express yourself and bring people together. I definitely gained new skills, interacted with staff and customers and learnt teamwork – all while doing something I love.”

 

Rose will complete Year 12 this year and plans to enter the political arena. She will undertake a Bachelor of Political Science where she wants to help create policies that address homelessness and the support of young carers as well as economic policy.

Rose sits on the NSW Carers Advisory Council, is an ambassador for the Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation and was a 2016 NSW Youth Parliamentarian.

Rose’s work placements were arranged by MWLP Linking Youth who place some 6,000 students each year into the workforce for the following frameworks: Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Electrotechnology, Entertainment, Hospitality, Human Services, Information & Digital Technology, Metal & Engineering, Primary Industries, Retail and Tourism.

For businesses that are interesting in hosting students like Rose, please contact MWLP on 4625 1863.

Media Relations Contact: Sue Scobie on 0438 046 293 or email sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

26

Jul

Thomas Reddall High School boasts new hospitality trade skills centre

MWLP attended the official opening of the state-of-the-art hospitality trade skills centre at Thomas Reddall High School recently. The centre allows students to work towards qualifications in the high demand area of hospitality, up to the Certificate II level, during school hours.

We look forward to placing these students into the workplace for the ‘hands on’ learning vital to the successful completion of the course.

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14

Jul

Real Estate brings careers to life

“Real Estate found me on completion of my work experience”, says Adrian Abrook, Director of LJ Hooker Marrickville | Dulwich Hill | Canterbury.

Way back in Year 10 Adrian undertook work experience in a real estate office.  He spent 3 ½ days opening boxes of calendars, rolling them, securing them with a rubber band and putting them back in boxes. The last 1 ½ days he actually got to deliver them.  He must have impressed management as, on completion of Year 12, he received an offer to be trained to manage property rentals.

Twenty years on Adrian is now Director of three LJ Hooker franchises.

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Adrian strongly believes that we are ‘masters of the ship of our own destiny’ and that is one of the reasons why he feels the need to invest in young people and share his passion.

For over a decade Adrian and his team of 20, have been offering up to two students each week the opportunity to learn the real estate trade.  A framework has been put in place so that all students follow the same structure.  They are involved in data base entry, rental reviews, rental open houses, periodic inspections and letter box drops.  They even create their own bio and the students love it.

Jack Ho, Year 11, from Georges River Grammar, said “Working here has given me the feeling of being a real estate agent.  I’ve done a lot of property research and administrative tasks such as scanning, printing and filing.  I have also done letterbox drops for properties that the agent has sold or is selling.”

“I can see myself becoming a real estate agent in the future and this is a great beginning for me.”

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Jack Ho, Year 11 from Georges River Grammar on work placement

Adrian tailors the work to suit the student.  He has a passion for youth and invests time in those students that are engaged and demonstrate a good work ethic.  Those that do more than what is asked of them stand out on his radar.

Adrian commented “These students are a benefit to business, no matter what industry.  You get an extra pair of capable hands, that are fully insured and willing to help.  I enjoy unlocking their potential and showing them how the real estate world works.  It is the best way to interview and we have employed quite a few staff.”

“I believe in the work placement program as I am an outcome from it”, adds Adrian.

Work placement provider, Michael Everett, from MWLP Linking Youth added “Programs like ours are of benefit to both business and young people.  Businesses get access to the workforce of the future and students get a taste of real working life.”

About MWLP:

MWLP is a not-for-profit community organisation.  Its work focuses on improving education and transition outcomes for all young people; especially in preparing them for the world of work, nurturing aspiration, career management and entrepreneurialism, whilst simultaneously addressing the ongoing needs of business.

They have been established for over 20 years and this year will place some 6,000 students into the workforce for work placement.

Media relations contact:  Sue Scobie on 0438 046 293 or email sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

12

Jul

Forum backs vital role of vocational education and training pathways

South West Voice recently published an article on the recent 2017 VET in Schools Forum.  With evidence of a major decline in the take-up of apprenticeships and high growth rates in the Health Ageing, Disability and Construction sectors there is a strong focus on the need for VET and the wonderful pathways it offers our youth.  Read More:

05

Jul

Forum showcases VET and strengthens pathways for students

The Assistant Minister for Vocation Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, launched the Inaugural VET in Schools Forum recently.

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Over 170 delegates attended including principals, VET coordinators, teachers, students, work placement providers, training organisations, business and industry.

Minister Andrews said “This is a terrific initiative that will help ensure students are aware of the full range of options available to them when it comes to choosing a job and career.  We know that university is not for everyone and forums like this help raise the status of vocational education and training as a valued pathway for school students.”

With evidence of a major decline in the take-up of apprenticeships and high growth rates in the Health, Ageing, Disability and Construction sectors there is a strong focus on the need for VET and the wonderful pathways it offers our youth.

It is vital students and parents are aware of these pathways and that they receive good career advice.

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One of the forum’s keynote speakers Brett Judd, CEO of WorldSkills Australia, spoke passionately about VET in Schools and the inspiring students his organisation works with.

WorldSkills Australia aims to encourage Australians to celebrate vocational education and training, to shift perceptions and create the understanding that to learn a skill, to choose a skill-based career, is one of the most important decisions a young person and their family will ever make.

WorldSkills Australia’s program of competitions, aligned to National Training Packages, works to ensure that today’s young people have the skills and abilities to compete within a rapidly changing global marketplace.

Brett Judd said “We have seen many young people transformed through the challenge of competition. Their dedication in undertaking months of intensive training to prepare for competitions, their satisfaction in achievement and the development of personal confidence has ensured that we continue to nurture young people to be the best they can be.

Dr David Williams, CEO of MWLP Linking Youth, spoke of the importance of connecting the classroom to the workplace and supplied participants with a model for industry engagement.

Janelle Henson, MWLP’s Business Development Manager, introduced the idea of an Industry Evidence App for teachers which was well received.  Many teachers and VET coordinators indicated that this would be an ideal tool to use as a training resource.

In closing Dr Frederick Osman, Vet Coordinator from Trinity Grammar and President of the Teachers’ Guild of NSW, spoke of forming VET Professional Clusters to foster continuing professional development, encourage and recognise excellence in best practice and to provide vital mentoring and networking opportunities.

Feedback from attendees on the day was very positive with an overwhelming desire for another VET in Schools Forum to be held in the future. One delegate commented “The sessions re-affirmed what we all already know and believe; that VET offers lifelong value.”

Minister Andrews added “I congratulate the organisers on today’s forum, which I hope will become a regular event on the school calendar and spread to other parts of the country.”

The VET in Schools Forum is a collaboration by The Teachers’ Guild of NSW, Australian College of Educators Hills Parramatta and MWLP Linking Youth.

Media relations contact:  Sue Scobie on 0438 046 293 or email sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

23

Jun

Macarthur company sings praises of workplace program for students

Local on line publication, South West Voice, recently published this article on the benefits of hosting Construction students for week-long work placements.  32 Degrees Building give two students every week the opportunity to see if a career in Construction is the right choice for them.  Read more:

21

Jun

Construction calls tradies from the classroom

Companies, like award winning 32 Degrees Building, are always on the lookout for quality apprentices and tradespeople and what better way than to start at school!

32 Degrees Building have been offering Year 11 and 12 students, who are studying Construction as part of their Higher School Certificate, valuable week-long work placements since 2013.

They want to connect to the workforce of the future to showcase their industry and trade.

32 Degrees Building give two students every week the opportunity to see if a career in Construction is the right choice for them.

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It is also a great way to interview says Director Alistair Robertson.  “These students have their white card, a basic knowledge of Workplace Health and Safety and the industry in general.  They are keen to learn and we get to assess them in the week they are with us.  They assist skilled tradesmen in the demolition and construction of addition and extension builds.”

32 Degrees have a passion for training and development and enjoy taking on the students.  Their point of difference is that they are very hands on with no pre-fabricated material.  They are focused on quality outcomes and old-fashioned values, where students are taught to respect their clients and their work.

Alistair is a strong advocate of the Work Placement Program run by local company MWLP.  His message to other Construction companies is “All companies should get involved.  We need to get young people trained properly in the workforce.  We are always looking for apprentices and this is not only great for us but ideal for the students.”

MWLP Linking Youth CEO, Dr David Williams added “With the mounting evidence surrounding the shortage of tradespeople, especially in the Construction Industry, it is encouraging to see organisations like 32 Degrees Building, connecting to the workforce of the future whilst they are still at school.”

About MWLP:

MWLP is a not-for-profit community organisation.  Its work focuses on improving education and transition outcomes for all young people; especially in preparing them for the world of work, nurturing aspiration, career management and entrepreneurialism, whilst simultaneously addressing the ongoing needs of business.

They have been established for over 20 years and this year will place some 6,000 students into the workforce for work placement.

Media relations contact:  Sue Scobie on 0438 046 293 or email sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

08

Jun

Online journalist to au pair in America – careers expo has it all

Thanks South West Voice for your fabulous coverage of the Macarthur Careers Expo held at the Minto Indoor Sports Centre today.  Thousands of Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 students attended the expo and were exposed to a variety of careers, career advice, hands on activities and information sessions with a twist.

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25

May

Macarthur Area Careers Expo

The Macarthur Area Careers Expo is on again at the Minto Indoor Sports Centre on Thursday June 8.  This is a premier careers event offered to more than 3,000 Year 10, 11 and 12 students.  We look forward to a wide range of exhibitors to attend.  For more information please click on the invitation below.

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10

May

2017 VET in Schools Forum

VET Teachers, VET Coordinators and RTO staff are invited to attend the 2017 VET in Schools Forum to celebrate achievements and quality in VET in Schools.  Please find your invitation attached. For further information please call MWLPs Business Development Manager, Janelle Henson on 0448 852 762 or 4625 1863.

2017 VET in Schools Forum Invitation

03

May

Whipping up career boost

The Inner West Courier published an article recently on the success of work placement at the Novotel Sydney.  Rose Cox, a Year 12 student from Strathfield Girls High School, was so impressive she was making guests omelettes and putting her culinary skills to good use in other areas.

 

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27

Apr

Talented Strathfield Girls High School student impresses Novotel Darling Harbour

Rose Cox, Year 12 student at Strathfield Girls High School, recently undertook her Hospitality work placement at the Novotel Darling Harbour and it was no ordinary experience.

It didn’t take long for Rose to impress her Supervisor Leigh Roberson.  Leigh said “Rose got really involved and this is what makes work placement great.  If the student shows interest, the Chefs will show the student much more than usual.

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Rose was making omelettes for our guests in the open kitchen and doing a la carte lunch service.

It was exciting to see her belief in herself grow as well”, Leigh added.

It is compulsory for Year 11 and 12 students who choose to study a Vocational subject such as Hospitality to undertake one week’s work placement in Year 11 and one in Year 12.

The Novotel Darling Harbour is a valuable host and an important part of the MWLP Work Placement Program and offers two students every week the opportunity to work in their kitchens.  They enjoy showcasing their industry to the students and giving them the chance to decide if Hospitality is the career path for them.

Rose is being nominated for the NSW VET in Schools Award and according to her teacher Miss A Da Silva she is an outstanding student.

Miss Da Silva says “Rose is a dedicated student who is committed to taking advantage of every opportunity that comes her way.  She gives 110% in whatever she does and enjoys learning new skills.  She is a gifted and hardworking student.”

MWLP’s Work Placement Manager, Michael Everett, says “It’s exciting to see such high calibre students being offered outstanding work placements, like those at Novotel Darling Harbour.  The outcomes for both the student and host demonstrate the value of programs such as ours.”

MWLP coordinates work placement for over 6,000 students each year for the following frameworks: Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Electrotechnology, Entertainment, Hospitality, Human Services, Information & Digital Technology, Metal & Engineering, Primary Industries, Retail and Tourism.

Media relations contact:  Sue Scobie on 0438 046 293 or email sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

12

Apr

Business leader backs work placements for local students

South West Voice recently published an article on how the Sevaan Group is benefitting from hosting work placements.  At a recent Macarthur networking function Sevaan Group Managing Director, Jim Tzakos commented “youth are our assets of the future”.

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06

Apr

Educators and Business support students on career pathway

MWLP Linking Youth recently hosted a Networking event at Campbelltown Catholic Club for Educators and Business Leaders.

These vital stakeholders work closely with MWLP to ensure Year 11 and 12 students studying Vocational courses as part of their HSC receive the best work placements possible.

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Students are required to complete two weeks compulsory work placement and without support from dedicated Educators and Businesses this would not be possible.

MWLP coordinates approximately 6,000 work placements each year and held the networking event to share information, update attendees on their latest best practice in work placement and build stronger relationships.

Guest speaker, Jim Tzakos, Managing Director, Sevaan Group Minto has been offering valuable placements to students studying Metal & Engineering for over 7 years.  Jim welcomed the opportunity to speak and meet VET coordinators, teachers and administrators to exchange experiences. He said “Youth are our assets of the future.  By taking work placement students we get to teach them, with the hope that it will lead them into future apprenticeships.  We also like to give the students a good understanding of what is involved in the industry.”

VET Coordinators, Teachers and Administrators also benefitted from attending as evidenced during the Q & A session.

MWLP took the opportunity to announce the relaunch of the Honour Roll, where students who exceed at their Work Placement are nominated by their hosts to go onto the Honour Roll.  Best students in all frameworks will be announced at a gala awards night to be held later in the year.  Relevant industries are Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Electrotechnology, Entertainment, Hospitality, Human Services, Information & Digital Technology, Metal & Engineering, Primary Industries, Retail and Tourism.

MWLP is constantly seeking businesses to offer HSC students week-long work placements.  For further information please visit us at www.mwlp.com.au or phone 4625 1863.

Media relations contact:  Sue Scobie on 0438 046 293 or email sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

31

Mar

Ambarvale High School – Junior Leaders in action

In late 2016 over fifty students from Years 7, 8 and 9 self-nominated to participate in a leadership program to improve the school experience. The program facilitated by MWLP and staff from Ambarvale High engages the students in activities and discussions aimed at developing their potential and contribution to leadership.

Recently the students attended a workshop at Campbelltown TAFE undertaking training in design thinking, a structured approach to defining, refining and finding solutions to problems. 

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Principal Louise Barnott-Clement addressed the group with an obvious passion for her commitment to student leadership stating, “It is important we offer our student leaders authentic challenges to engage with, and funding and resources to make their solutions real. If we don’t do this, student leadership is just a term, rather than a developmental opportunity.”

True to her word Principal Barnott-Clement then surprised the student leaders with the announcement of an allocation of funding to help them achieve their objectives.

She added “Leaders are needed in all walks of life, particularly in the workplace. By implementing powerful student leadership programs, we positively engage students in their school, and foster skills that will last a lifetime. When student voice is heard, and student leaders feel empowered to enact positive change, the culture of the whole school is improved.”

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There was a high level of energy and interest displayed by the group during the entire workshop.  Students learnt to think strategically and ‘outside the box’.  Participant Benjamin Cameron said “The workshop was interactive, cooperative and fun.  We learnt critical and deep thinking and how to work in groups to solve a big problem”.

The students will now get to apply these techniques to come up with solutions to their objectives within the school.

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Dr David M Williams, MWLP Linking Youth CEO, facilitated the workshop and commented “what an enthused, engaged and energetic group of young people! The power of the potential in the group is infinite. I always stress to groups I work with in leadership development – its not what you are known as but what you are known for. In this case these students will be known for someone who makes a difference”.

Media relations contact:  Sue Scobie on 0438 046 293 or email sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

 

29

Mar

Hospitality showcased at Beverly Hills Girls High School

A recent visit by MWLP to Beverly Hills Girls High School (BHGHS) revealed a diverse and exciting world for Hospitality students, teachers and visitors.

Michael Everett (MWLP Work Placement Manager) and Nichole Schlosser (MWLP Work Placement Coordinator) met with Marcia Nelson (Vocational Education and Training Coordinator).

From the moment they discovered the recently landscaped front court yard Michael and Nicole were keen to see what the school held in store and they weren’t disappointed.

A tour of the busy Hospitality Facility featured a Trades Skills Centre (funded by the Federal Government).  It encompasses not only a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, where students benefit from using commercial equipment in a commercial situation, but a Café as well.

Hospitality students run the Café on Thursday and Friday mornings.  Teachers order from a Blackboard Menu and are treated to breakfast and coffee.  Hospitality Teacher, Susan Duffy was supervising and according to Michael and Nicole the coffee was great!

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Lto R: Marcia Nelson & Rob Mills (Teachers), Pearl Papali, Gemma Sablada, Michael Everett (MWLP), Katherine Qi and Susan Duffy (Teacher)

Michael added “During our visit we had the opportunity to talk with Hospitality student Katherine Qi, a Year 12 student who has been on two outstanding work placements; one at Eleven Bridge (one of Sydney’s best restaurants and part of the Rockpool Group) and the other at the 5 star Swissotel Sydney.

Katherine is an International Student from China who spoke glowingly about her opportunities at both her placements. Katherine said “The two experiences were different but the people at both were wonderful, giving me the opportunity to experience a variety of cooking styles and to understand how they created the delicious items on their menus. I feel very privileged to have been given these placements.”

Two other BHGHS students Gemma Sablada and Pearl Papalii also went to Eleven Bridge for work placement and both had great things to say.

Eleven Bridge Executive Chef, Phil Wood joined the MWLP Work Placement program early last year and offers one student each week the opportunity to experience first-hand life in the kitchen.  Phil says “Our industry, in general, is struggling to find good employees and we need to readjust how we work in order to attract young people.  We find work placement to be a great way to introduce and encourage students into careers in Hospitality.”

MWLP provides work placement opportunities for over 6,000 Year 11 and 12 students each year and this would not be possible without the wonderful support of their business hosts.  It definitely is a win/win situation for both the businesses and students.

Media relations contact:  Sue Scobie on 0438 046 293 or email sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

About MWLP

MWLP is a not-for-profit community organisation.  Its work focuses on improving education and transition outcomes for all young people; especially in preparing them for the world of work, nurturing aspiration, career management and entrepreneurialism, whilst simultaneously addressing the ongoing needs of business.

 

10

Mar

Junior leaders and Bras unite on International Women’s Day

BRAS (Business Relationships at Sunrise) a dynamic Macarthur women’s networking group hosted a business breakfast to celebrate International Women’s Day last Wednesday.

Since 2005 BRAS has continued its vision to help business women reach their true potential and pass it onto others through business and friendship.  As part of its ongoing commitment to growing a prosperous Macarthur, they invite local high school students to their monthly breakfast meetings.

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BRAS members with students from Ambarvale High School

Josephine Byrnes-Luna, BRAS committee representative, said “Students are very welcome to attend our breakfasts where we aim to provide them with an opportunity to meet and mix with local business women who can pass on knowledge and skills to assist them, not only in their personal lives, but for their future business aspirations.”

Four students in Years 8 and 9, from Ambarvale High School, attended the March breakfast and really enjoyed the experience.  The girls form part of Ambarvale High School’s Junior Leadership Team.  A group of 50 students who self-nominated to participate in a Leadership Program with Ambarvale High partnering with MWLP.  They are currently working together to improve the school experience.

The girls had a feeling of importance from the moment they sat down at the breakfast and expressed that they had never attended such an event and enjoyed the feeling of inclusion.

Guest speaker Soochen Low, Author of ‘Yes You Can’ spoke about how to unlock your BEST self by tapping into your joy by utilising the Happy.Positive.Successful Formula.

Student Learning Advisor and Teacher, Jecyka Ablahad commented “The BRAS breakfast provided the girls with a unique opportunity to see the endless possibilities that lie before them, with the impressive array of skills and careers that were revealed by the other attendees.”

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L to R:  Josephine Byrnes-Luna (BRAS), Katie Vongthongthip, Deharrna Coleman, Sue Scobie (MWLP), Sareyah Tugalua, Pyper Hall and Jecyka Ablahad (Ambarvale High)

MWLP’s Sue Scobie said “These young students are quite remarkable.  Confident and strong contributors, they are focused, talented and considering an array of careers including medicine, law, social work, the armed forces and landscaping.  Our future looks in safe hands.”

BRAS and MWLP enjoy working together to link students to business, careers and opportunity.

 

Media relations contact:  Sue Scobie on 0438 046 293 or email sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

About MWLP

MWLP is a not-for-profit community organisation.  Its work focuses on improving education and transition outcomes for all young people; especially in preparing them for the world of work, nurturing aspiration, career management and entrepreneurialism, whilst simultaneously addressing the ongoing needs of business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

Feb

2017 NSW Training Awards – Applications now open

MWLP would like to encourage Schools and Businesses to nominate your outstanding VET students, SBATs, Apprentices and Trainees.

These awards celebrate and honour outstanding achievements in Vocational Education and Training.  Categories include VET in Schools Student of the Year (Year 12 current 2017), School Based Apprentices and Trainees, VET Teachers/Trainers of the Year, Training Provider of the Year and more.

Nominations are open now and close on 17 March 2017.  Please click on the link below to find out how to enter.

NSW Training Awards 2017

 

 

 

01

Feb

Hospitality students taste the pace

The Inner West Courier published an article this week on Concord High School Student Oisin Braddock-Hanratty enjoying his placement at one of Sydney’s best restaurants.  Oisin says “I was pretty surprised when I found out prestigious restaurants like Eleven Bridge offered students work placement.

 

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14

Dec

Exclusive restaurant addresses trade shortage in unique way

In November 2013 Rockpool moved from its original home on George Street to the historic Burns Philp building at 11 Bridge Street, in the heart of Sydney.  25 years young newly named ‘Eleven Bridge’ continues to be regarded as one of the best restaurants in Australia.

The Rockpool Group acknowledges that their most valuable asset is their staff and they pride themselves on a training program aimed at developing future industry leaders.

A major issue for them is the massive shortage of up and coming hospitality tradespeople and Executive Chef, Phil Wood, has found a unique way to address this.

MWLP Linking Youth provides businesses with Year 11 and 12 students, who in this instance, are studying Hospitality as part of their Higher School Certificate for week-long work placements.

Phil joined the program early this year, offering one student each week the opportunity to experience first-hand, life in the kitchen.  He says “Our industry in general is struggling to find good employees.  We need to readjust how we work to attract young people and we find work placement to be a great way to introduce and encourage students into careers in Hospitality”.

Phil adds “I have passion for the industry and want to nurture the next generation.  The work placement program helps us identify the next influx of talented people.  I look for a ‘hunger for work’, coupled with initiative and interest.  A willingness to learn and an ability to take instructions also impress me.”

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Oisin Braddock-Hanratty (left) with Executive Chef Phil Wood

Concord High School student Oisin Braddock-Hanratty has had a passion for food from a young age. He won the Perishable Food Category at the Royal Easter Show on a couple of occasions for his award-winning muffins.  Oisin often cooks alongside mum and dad and couldn’t wait to study Hospitality at school as part of his HSC curriculum.

Oisin says “I was pretty surprised when I found out prestigious restaurants like Eleven Bridge offered students work placement and couldn’t wait to register my interest and learn all about fine dining.  I have been here nearly a week now and it has been an amazing experience.  It is so high-class.  The kitchen is organised and efficient.  It is specially designed to keep up with the fast pace.  The team is so professional and there is a lot of respect shown.

Oisin continues “I have been picking herbs, squaring lettuce, preparing and making salads.  It’s all about ‘mise en place’ – keeping everything in its place.  My time here has made me even more motivated to continue my studies and I definitely see Eleven Bridge as a goal.  Their dishes are like works of art!”

Oisin’s Vet Co-ordinator, Armagan Basak, chose him to undertake his placement at Eleven Bridge due to his outstanding passion, attitude and the review from his first placement.

Armagan commented “As a Vet Co-ordinator I haven’t seen these types of high-end restaurants offering work placement before.  It gives students real world experience and opens the door to fine dining.  It must be almost surreal to work in such a high-end restaurant.  It is very beneficial and I’m thankful to Eleven Bridge.”

Phil encourages more students to consider Hospitality.  “It is a broad and amazing career that could have you travelling the world”.

For more information contact MWLP’s Michael Everett on 0428 935 688 or email Michael.everett@mwlp.com.au

Media relations contact:  Sue Scobie on 0438 046 293 or email sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

 

 

 

24

Nov

Work placement excels in the MWLP Business Services Hub

Year 11 and 12 students studying Business Services as part of their Higher School Certificate are participating in a work hub at MWLP Linking Youth.

Up to six students each and every week are given a comprehensive overview of how a business operates.

From creating floor plans and organisation charts, to learning excel, mastering telephone techniques, creating advertisements, exploring WHS, emailing, mail merge and data entry.

They become Marketing & Communication officers reviewing websites and writing good news stories.  Students also learn the importance of customer service.

This week MWLP hosted students from Picton High School, Robert Townson High School, St Patrick’s College and Elderslie High School.

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Clockwise from bottom left Maddy Leehy (Elderslie High), Ashley Booker (Robert Townson High), Rhianan Gray (Picton High) and Alexandra McCormack (St Patricks College)

Feedback from the students has been very positive:

“I was never really interested in office work but once I went on my placement and actually ‘lived’ in an office environment, I found out how many different aspects to the business environment there is.”

“It’s been really informative and it’s given me skills.”

“I had the best time working at MWLP. I was so nervous on the first day but felt relieved when I finished at the end of the day.  I have learnt a lot.  You learn so much from the staff members and from the business itself, plus you can put your work placement on your resume to let future employers know that you’ve had experience in the workplace and are aware of the policies and procedures most businesses follow.”

MWLP Linking Youth currently has over 500 businesses supporting their program, but are seeking more work placement opportunities for Business Services students.  They will not pass their Higher School Certificate unless they complete one week’s placement in Year 11 and a further week in Year 12.

There are many benefits for business.  You will have access to the workforce of the future and an additional pair of hands. The students are fully insured and free.

Any businesses interested in hosting students should call MWLP on 4625 1863 or visit www.mwlp.com.au

You could even feature as our Business of the Month!

Media relations contact:  Sue Scobie on 0348 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

16

Sep

Vocational pathway right for Andre

Andre Tesoriero, Year 11 student from Holy Spirit College, Lakemba had career conversations with his parents and Year 11 Coordinator to decide on the appropriate HSC subjects for him and his future development.

Andre was pretty sure he didn’t want to take the university path and therefore chose three vocational (VET) courses: Business Services, Retail and Construction – even though this entailed six weeks of work placement.

He has since completed one week’s placement in both Retail and Construction but it wasn’t until he arrived at Global Skills, Bankstown that he discovered a career in Business Services is the way he wants to go.  After four days Andre said

“I could really get used to doing this job.”

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 L to R: Global Skills staff Leeanne Ayaz, Mohamed Abdulla, Liz Graves, Burcu Karaca, with Andre Tesoriero and Ray Garcia from Holy Spirt College

“It is hands on and I feel confident and comfortable here.  I’m learning the software system, how to deal with clients, sending emails, printing and scanning.  I am working at Reception where all the work placement students and trainees start.  It is by far the best experience I have had.”

Global Skills, Liz Graves, knows exactly what Andre means.  Liz started at Reception and 15 years later is Global Skills Senior Performance Manager.  Liz says “A lot of our staff didn’t get the opportunity to do work placement and I think it is a wonderful opportunity for students to try before they commit to a career or industry.  They can see it for themselves.  Global Skills is all about staff development and we enjoy showcasing our industry.  We support people into employment by overcoming barriers and it is a rewarding experience offering students real life experiences in our company.”

Ray Garcia, Year 11 Coordinator, says it is not common for students to undertake three vocational courses, due to the number of hours students need to commit to in the workforce, but for Andre it is definitely the best pattern of study.  Ray says “I can see it is working.  Andre is enjoying expressing himself and demonstrating his skills. He has made the right decision by choosing these vocational courses.”

Ray thanked Global Skills for their dedication in hosting students and MWLP Linking Youth for arranging the placements.  “We wouldn’t be able to offer this variety without these organisations,” said Ray.

Global Skills Team Leader, Mohamed Abdulla, added “Andre has definitely been one of the outstanding work placement students.  Without industry experience you have to rely on personal traits so the right personality and a willingness to learn become the focus.  Andre has a bright future and great success ahead of him.”

For any businesses wishing to offer placements to students please contact MWLPs Michael Everett on 0428 935 688 or at Michael.everett@mwlp.com.au

This year MWLP will place over 6,800 students into the workplace.

Media relations contact:  Sue Scobie 0438 046 293 or at Sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

09

Sep

Sevaan Group works with MWLP to address dwindling uptake of apprenticeships

Manufacturers’ Monthly recently published an article on how the Sevaan Group is addressing the dwindling uptake of apprenticeships.  The Group offers work placement to Year 11 and 12 students who are studying Metal & Engineering as part of their Higher School Certificate curriculum.  Those students that excel are offered an Apprenticeship.

Read more:

07

Sep

VET in focus for National Skills Week launch

Members of the MWLP team were fortunate enough to attend the launch of National Skills Week 2016, held at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, alongside a host of industry leaders, VET in Schools, Trainers and Staff and key political figures.

National Skills Week commenced August 29 and focused on the importance of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the fast-moving workforce of today. Brian Wexham CEO of SkillsOne and driving partner behind National Skills Week officially opened the event and spoke of the high level of employability and work readiness VET qualified students have in the workforce.

Guest speaker Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business the Hon John Barilaro also addressed the need to change the mentality behind vocational education and encouraged parents and teachers to see a career outside of a university degree. Mr Barilaro spoke of skills locally and nationally that need to be filled by VET students. “In NSW right now there are jobs everywhere, be it in tourism, hospitality, construction, the health sector. The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) rollout means by 2019 we’ll need another 25 000 personnel just in NSW to meet that need and 90 000 across the nation”, he said.

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Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business the Hon John Barilaro.  (Photo: Gene Ramirez SCCVC)

Mr Barilaro highlighted National Skills Week as an opportunity to seek out those individuals who have found success through vocational education and share their stories with others.

Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College hosted the event which is the first time in its six-year history to be held at a school. The school showcased its wonderful facilities with the colleges hospitality staff and students catering the launch in their large onsite commercial kitchen. Principal Patrick O’Reilly was thrilled at the opportunity to put the success of the students on show. “We’re excited at the number of individual awards and corporate awards we’ve received and we’re excited that next week one of our Year 12 students Alana Samrani is a finalist in the NSW training awards in the school-based apprenticeship and traineeship category” added Mr O’Reilly.

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 SCCVC students and staff catered for the launch at their onsite commercial kitchen.  (Photo: Gene Ramirez SCCVC)

07

Sep

Fabricator’s novel apprentice scheme gains recognition

Ferret.com.au is Australia’s leading hub for manufacturing, industrial and mining industries.  They recently published an article on the Sevaan Group and their ‘Novel Apprentice Scheme’.  The Sevaan Group are wonderful supporters of MWLP Linking Youth and have been offering work placement to HSC students studying Metal & Engineering for six years.

http://www.ferret.com.au/articles/news/fabricator-s-novel-apprentice-scheme-gains-recognition-n2526037

 

 

 

 

28

Jul

It’s all about the students

It’s all about the students at Worldwide Travel & Tours, Chullora Marketplace

Worldwide Travel & Tours, Chullora has been offering one student every week the opportunity to undertake work placement for the past TEN years!

Why?  Senior Consultant, Nora Baghdadi, put it simply.  “It’s all about the students. We enjoy giving them a head start in life and teaching them how to interact with our customers. The best way to learn this is to watch how our staff deals with the public. It’s satisfying to see the students grow in confidence in the time they are with us.”

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L to R:  Nora Baghdadi, Adam Adbulrazak and Katy Papadelli

Nora added, “I did my work placement here at Worldwide Travel and was offered a job at the end of it. That was eight years ago.”

Year 11 and 12 students, who are studying either Business Services or Tourism as part of their Higher School Certificate get to put what they have learnt in the classroom to good use in the Travel Agency.

Adam Abdulrazak, a Year 11 student from Strathfield South High School thoroughly enjoyed his experience at Worldwide Travel.  He spent the week answering phones, interacting with customers, faxing, photocopying, stamping and displaying brochures.

Adam said “I thought the Business Services course would prepare me for the workforce and connect me to industry and this proved correct when, after my first work placement at Bankstown TAFE Library, I was offered a job. Even though this gave me a lot of confidence I am not sure if this is what I want to do.  I am currently looking into possible Plumbing and Electrical apprenticeships.”

This is a State Government Initiative and MWLP – Linking Youth coordinates the work placement for this region. This year they will place 6,800 students into businesses.

MWLPs Business Consultant, Michael Everett, says “Work placement is a win/win for both the student and business.  At the moment we need more businesses to join our program and host students.  They won’t achieve their Higher School Certificate without completing a successful placement.”

For more information contact Michael on 0428 935 688 or email Michael.everett@mwlp.com.au

Media Relations contact:  Sue Scobie on 0438 046 293 or email sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

29

Jun

Parents providing pathways seminar links young people to opportunity

A recent seminar at the Narellan Library provided parents, carers and youth with the answers they were looking for – how to connect young people to the workforce.

A talented and informative panel consisted of representatives from Headspace, SWSi (South West Sydney Institute) Tafe, MG My Gateway, NSW Department of Industry and Western Sydney University College. Read More →

10

Jun

Students enlightened at Macarthur careers expo

Thousands of students attended the recent careers expo held at the Minto Indoor Sports Centre.

Many exhibitors were on hand to offer advice including Universities, Training Organisations, TAFE, Employers and the Armed Forces, just to name a few.  There was even information on the gap year.

The energy level was high and students were definitely engaged.

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L to R: Joshana Jacob, Tonia Kurisunkal, Fradeena Sabu, Karen Banga with MWLPs Courtney Ditton

John Therry Catholic High School year 11 student, Joshana Jacob, was on a mission to find out which Universities could offer her the right course for her to work in Juvenile Law.

Joshana says “The expo was really beneficial.  I learnt there are quite a few different pathways I can take, that I wasn’t aware of before.  It was good advice.”

Karen Banga and Tonia Kurisunkal, also year 11 students from John Therry were seeking information on Forensic Science and were a little disappointed to learn that careers in this area are extremely limited and, if they still want to pursue these careers, they may need to consider working overseas.  Tonia explained “The expo was great.  Even though I was disappointed to learn about how rare jobs are in this field, the expo opened my eyes to other opportunities and it taught me that I may need to consider other options as well.”

Exhibitors also found great value in the day.  Daniel Lavorato from the Academy of Information Technology said “The expo was excellent.  Students were very engaged and there was a good level of interest.  The expo was well organised and is the best one on the calendar for us.  That’s why we’ll be back again next year.”

Danielle Kedward, Deputy Principal from Robert Townson High School commented “The Macarthur Careers Expo is an almost essential opportunity for students.  It assists those who don’t know what their career goals are.  It also helps those who are very clear about their goals by providing information about the numerous and varied pathways available to achieve that goal.”

Danielle added “Exposure to industry and training opportunities also broadens students’ minds to completely new pathways they had yet to even consider.”

The expo was coordinated by Tiana Batista from MWLP Linking Youth, in partnership with the Careers Advisors from the Macarthur High Schools.  Thanks to their support and the support of the NSW Department of Education, the expo was one of the area’s best ever.

MWLP would also like to thank the boys from Leumeah High School and girls from Mount Carmel Catholic College for their assistance on, and before, the day.

For further information please contact Tiana Batista on 4625 1863 or at tiana.batista@mwlp.com.au

Media relations:  Sue Scobie 0438 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

 

 

 

08

Jun

Youth initiative working at Hard Rock Cafe

Work ready, skilled and fully insured HSC students become a free pair of hands assisting business and strengthening our economy.

Proof is evident at the Hard Rock Café, Darling Harbour.

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For the past four years they have been offering valuable work placements to Year 11 and 12 students who are studying either Hospitality or Business Services as part of their Higher School Certificate.

A successful placement is a mandatory requirement of the HSC so student motivation levels are high.

Jess Logan, Sales & Events Coordinator, sees great value in the program.  “We recruit students, at no cost, to assist with our busy workload and get to identify students with potential.  It’s the best way to interview.”

Jess offers five students, each week, the opportunity to put the skills they have learnt in the classroom to good use in the Hard Rock Café.  Two students work in the prep kitchen slicing, dicing, cutting vegetables, preparing sauces and portioning.  Two students work ‘front of house’, setting and clearing tables, seating customers and hosting.

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Ryan Pasaporte (left), Jacob Al-Kahil from East Hills Boys High School

with Receiving Manager & Prep Supervisor Wayne Kinsmore (centre)

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L to R: Operations Manager Brie Slaviero, Sales & Events Coordinator Jess Logan,

Selin Aydin and Nour Mohamad from Granville South Creative & Performing Arts High

One student, each week, assists in the office, entering data into excel spreadsheets, invoicing, filing and general office duties.  Jess will even tailor the work to suit the student.

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Tazmyn-Rose Locklier from Strathfield South High School

Jess adds “We treat the students the same way we treat our staff.  Should someone be late they are disciplined.  It teaches them basic work and life skills.  There are many positive outcomes and they even bring us business.  The students enjoy their time here and come back with their family and friends to experience the Hard Rock Café as a customer.  We couldn’t recommend the work placement program highly enough.”

The work placement is funded by the NSW Department of Education and organised by MWLP – Linking Youth.  This year they will place some 6,800 students into businesses.

One of MWLP’s Business Consultants, Michael Everett (former Chef and Business Owner), totally endorses the program.  Michael says “It’s great to see students getting value from a placement and Hard Rock Café shows the students a good time whilst teaching them the realities of the Hospitality environment.  While work placement can take up some of your staff’s time, host employers really can benefit from this program by looking at it as a week-long interview with future employees.”

Students are also interested in other areas such as:  Automotive, Construction, Electro technology, Entertainment, Human Services, Information Digital Technology, Metal & Engineering, Primary Industries, Retail and Tourism.

For more information please call MWLP on 4625 1863 or visit www.mwlp.com.au

Media relations contact: Sue Scobie on 0438 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

01

Jun

Find facts on jobs

Thanks Macarthur Chronicle Campbelltown for your @SCHOOL article on the upcoming Macarthur Careers Expo.  This Expo, that is exclusively for students, is being held on Thursday June 9 at the Minto Indoor Sports Centre.

Macarthur Chronicle Find facts on jobs

 

26

May

Job search saga answers

Last week’s front page story in the Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser highlighted the employment challenges facing young people today.

The article demonstrated that it is indeed difficult for young people to go it alone when trying to bridge the gap from school to work.

The fact that 1600 people from Macarthur (aged under 25) are currently unemployed means something needs to be done NOW!

Our youth desperately need to build connections to the work force whilst still at school.  They should be exposed to career conversations identifying possible career areas of interest.

Students, who wish to exit school early need strategies put in place to support them.  Introducing them to possible school based traineeships and apprenticeships and mentoring them through this process.

Work readiness programs should be sought out covering areas such as:

  • Industry visits
  • Business leaders addressing classes
  • Resume preparation
  • Interview dress and techniques
  • Work experience and work placement
  • Empowering parents to become career helpers
  • Young people with career success stories as youth mentors

These strategies would definitely help to lower the unemployment rate and upskill youth to be ready to undertake level entry positions within the community.

Dr David Williams AM and new CEO of MWLP Linking Youth commented “The region’s potential depends upon what youth are capable of offering.  The potential of well guided and developed youth is outstanding.  Linking youth with business in a targeted way will deliver results.”

David recently met with Member for Campbelltown Greg Warren to discuss youth initiatives and how MWLP can help.

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Member for Campbelltown, Greg Warren (left) with MWLP CEO Dr David M Williams AM

MWLP Linking Youth looks forward to the government’s $840 million youth unemployment package aiming to help up to 120,000 Australians under the age of 25 transition into the work force.

Media Relations contact:  Sue Scobie 0438 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

19

May

Skills and Thrills Show – Career information like never before!

Skills and Thrills Show

Career information like never before!

Free tickets for Tuesday 14 JUNE 7pm to 8.30pm

at the Cube – Campbelltown Catholic Club

 Taking careers advice out of the office and onto the stage in a show packed with music, film and theatre.

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Students, parents, carers, grandparents, careers advisors, teachers and business all welcome!

Find out the latest on jobs of the future, industry trends and connecting passion to a successful career outcome.

For parents – you can support and guide your children toward a career path that is right for them.

Be entertained and leave inspired!

Book your tickets now:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/skills-thrills-tickets-24793816974?aff=es2

Presented by Skills One Television on behalf of the NSW State Government.

For further information please call MWLP – Linking Youth on 4625 1863.

12

May

Birrong and Belmore Boys High School students build careers while building homes

Dean Brown from Dean Brown Construction has been renovating homes in Sydney’s inner city for over 25 years.

He attributes a lot of his success from having a great team around him.  Dean Brown Construction currently employs six apprentices and four tradesmen and often has multiple jobs running at any one time.

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Dean Brown (centre in cap) with his team and work placement students from Birrong and Belmore Boys High Schools

For the past four years Dean has been offering Year 11 and 12 students, who are studying Construction as part of their Higher School Certificate, the opportunity to get hands on experience on his worksites.

He sees great value in work placement and offers up to eight students every week the opportunity to labour for him.   They are work ready, have their white cards and are eager to help.

Three of his current team were offered apprenticeships after completing a successful work placement with him.

Dean says “I team the students up with our apprentices.  The apprentices get to work on their supervisory skills and they enjoy having other young people around them.  I try to make the experience a bit of fun.  The students start with a safety induction and then assist with general labouring duties.”

“I am passionate about young people and encourage them to relax and enjoy their time here.  It’s a wonderful way for them to assess whether Construction is the career for them and it’s a great way for me to assess their potential”, adds Dean.

Bernie Livermore, VET Coordinator at Birrong Boys High School, once a carpenter himself, loves teaching Construction. He says “I feel like I am paid to do my hobby.  The work placement program is invaluable in connecting our students to industry and the students get to practice what they have learnt in the classroom.”

“I’ve had students offered apprenticeships in Plumbing, Electrical and Carpentry while they were still in Year 11.  They were work ready and keen to start their careers.  It is a win/win situation.”

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L to R:  Dean Brown, Kelvin Stowers (Belmore Boys High) Jackson Zhang, LingTao Yu and Bernie Livermore (Birring Boys High School)

MWLP – Linking Youth is the new Work Placement Service Provider that co-ordinates all Work Placement in Bankstown, Canterbury and the Inner South West for local high schools and TAFEs.  They have been servicing the Macarthur area for over 20 years (and still are).  This year they will place over 6,800 students into business.

For further information, please contact the MWLP Work Placement Team on 4625 1863 or email trudi.haycock@mwlp.com.au

Media relations contact:  Sue Scobie on 0348 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

06

May

Helping students get ready for job

Thanks to TheTorch (Canterbury-Bankstown) who, in this week’s edition, has published an article on the valuable work placements Myer Bankstown is offering to Year 11 and 12 students who are studying Retail as part of their Higher School Certificate.

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27

Apr

Macarthur Careers Expo leads to exciting job prospects

The Macarthur Careers Expo is on again at the Minto Indoor Sports Centre on Thursday June 9 2016.

This premier careers event is expected to attract over 3000 Year 10, 11 and 12 students from both government and non-government schools and focuses on career exploration, transition from school and industry showcase.

This year, with the guidance of Macarthur Career Advisors and MWLP – Linking Youth, the expo will have a greater focus on hands-on and interactive participation from exhibitors to help better engage the students.

Tiana Batista, Careers Coordinator, hopes to create a number of ‘hot spots’ on the expo floor with live demonstrations and workshops.  There will be seminars from the University Admissions Centre, SWSi Tafe, NRL NSW as well as giveaways on the day.

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Ingleburn High School Students at a previous Macarthur Careers Expo

Exhibitors will be encouraged to think outside the square when setting up their displays, so hopefully the day will have a different look and feel to previous years.

2016 participants include the NRL, AFL Sports Ready, National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), Colleges specialising in hospitality, childcare, legal studies, aged care, fashion/beauty, media studies, tourism and management, Gap Year Options, Apprenticeship Centres, all major Sydney Universities, University of Wollongong, Western Sydney University, University of Canberra, Bond University, local businesses and many more.

There are limited sponsorship packages still available for businesses interested in showcasing their organisations to thousands of students, teachers and other exhibitors.

Organisations requiring additional information or wanting to register please contact Tiana at tiana.batista@mwlp.com.au on 4625 1863 or visit www.macarthurcareers.com.au

Media Relations contact:  Sue Scobie 0438 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au
 

20

Apr

Wiley Park Girls High School Students get job ready at Myer Bankstown

For over two years Myer Bankstown has been offering valuable work placements to Year 11 and 12 students who are studying Retail as part of their Higher School Certificate.

The students learn to ‘fold tables’ and manage fixtures, ensuring all stock is in the right place, displayed correctly and colour co-ordinated.  They assist in the Fitting Rooms but spend most of their time on the floor, observing team members and team leaders and assisting the customers.  Their last day is spent in Logistics.  Having seen how the Floor operates it is good for the students to then learn about opening cartons, unwrapping plastic, hanging and tagging.

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L to R: Vet Coordinator Ms. Maree Sammut with Retail student Nesrian Al Shahatet

Operations Manager, Tushar Makkar, enjoys investing his time in the students.  He says “I observe them throughout their week and know the ones that I would like to offer casual positons to.  I have hired quite a few through this Program.”

Wiley Park Girls High School students Nesrian Al Shahatet and Hajah Al-Mansory have enjoyed their week at Myer.  Nesrian adds “I have learnt so much and I have a new respect for people who work in Retail.  Ensuring everything is neat and tidy can be hard work.  Miriam Al Mosawi added “It was great to be able to put what I have been learning at school into practice.”  Zaynab Elmir learnt all about housekeeping, how to fold professionally, how to tag and work safely.

Ms. Maree Sammut, VET Coordinator at Wiley Park Girls High School believes Work Placement is an excellent opportunity for students to put theory and skills into practice and for them to connect to the workforce.  She says “Two Retail students have been offered casual positions this year already.  The feedback I get from employers is that they are impressed with the standard of students.  They are well dressed and keen to undertake tasks.”

MWLP Linking Youth is the Work Placement Provider responsible for co-ordinating these placements.  They have been operating in the Macarthur region for over 20 years and recently expanded into the Canterbury, Bankstown and Inner South West Sydney regions.  This year they will place some 6,800 students into work places.

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L to R: Ms Sammut & Nesrian Al Shahatet (Wiley Park Girls High), Michael Everett (MWLP) and Tushar Makkar (Myer)

Students also need placements in Construction, Business Services, Metal & Engineering and more.

For further information, please contact the MWLP Work Placement Team on 4625 1863 or email trudi.haycock@mwlp.com.au

Media relations contact:  Sue Scobie Ph 0438 046 293 or email sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

 

 

14

Apr

Jobs for Picton High School students

Vocational Learning + Work Placement = Jobs for Picton High School students.

Ms Vanessa Harrison is a VET (Vocational Education and Training) Teacher at Picton High School. With a background in Business Studies, Economics and Commerce and, having worked in private industry, Ms Harrison was delighted to be chosen to teach Business Services and she loves it.

“Business Services is a good HSC course providing students with a solid grounding in level entry office skills.  It gives them valuable insight into what they have to do in the workplace. The essential and mandatory one week’s Work Placement with industry reinforces what the students are learning in the classroom. Last year almost all of my Business Services class were offered either casual or part-time positions”, commented Ms. Harrison.

Kayla Abela, recently commenced a Traineeship with MG My Gateway and is hosted by Wollondilly Shire Council, having successfully completed her work placement at LJ Hooker Camden and Earth Civil Picton, where she received glowing feedback from both employers.

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L to R: Kayla Abela with Supervisor Deb Davenport

Kayla says “My Work Placement definitely helped me decide on what I wanted to do.  I have always been interested in Business Administration so I took the Business Services course.  It was a good course and you get a certificate out of it on completion.  I was so happy to get the job at Wollondilly Shire Council.  I am a Trainee in Employee Relations, where there is plenty of variety and I’m learning a lot. I even help out in Payroll, which is giving me great experience. My goal is to further my career in Human Resources.”

Ms Harrison’s current class will undertake Work Placement next term.  Year 11 student Katrina Weeks is excited to go.  “This course and the Work Placement will, hopefully, get me into the workforce early.  I want to be either a Flight Attendant or Personal Assistant so I can’t wait to be placed into the workforce to assess how I’m going.”

Another student, Alyssia Grant, chose Business Services to learn some new skills that would help her in the workplace.  “I hope to go to University to study Nursing but if that doesn’t work out, I can always fall back on my Business Services experience”, says Alyssia.

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L to R: Ashleigh Hollman, Alyssia Grant, Ms Harrison and Katrina Weeks

The Work Placement is managed by MWLP – Linking Youth who has been operating in the Macarthur for over 20 years, and recently expanded into the Canterbury, Bankstown and Inner South West Sydney regions.  This year they will place some 6,800 students into workplaces.  Students are also studying Automotive, Construction, Electrotechnology, Entertainment, Financial Services, Hospitality, Human Services, Information Digital Technology, Metal & Engineering, Primary Industries, Retail and Tourism.

Any businesses interested in taking on students can contact the MWLP Work Placement Team on 4625 1863 or email trudi.haycock@mwlp.com.au

Media Relations contact:  Sue Scobie 0438 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

 

07

Apr

School, Business and Industry connections launch careers

Liam Osborne, a former Airds High School student, couldn’t wait to enter the workforce. In Year 11 he chose to undertake three Vocational Courses – Construction, Metal & Engineering and Retail.  He also had a couple of casual jobs.

His Careers Advisor at school suggested he talk to a Career Development Specialist and put him in touch with Amber Hope from MWLP Linking Youth.

Amber helped him to perfect his resume and advised him on how to improve his interview techniques and skills.  He was work ready.

The next step was to put him in touch with MG My Gateway, one of the largest employers of apprentices in NSW.  Liam met Field Officer, Steve Horn, who suggested he attend their Bulk Recruitment Day where they referred him for further training.

Liam undertook a six week pre Apprenticeship course in Metal & Engineering, where he attended TAFE for three days a week and the other two days with an employer who, in this case, was Sevaan Group.

At the end of his pre Apprenticeship course Liam was chosen from five applicants to commence a Sheet Metal Work Apprenticeship with Sevaan Group in January this year – and they couldn’t be happier. Managing Director, Jim Tzakos, is impressed with Liam.  He says “Liam is one of our best.  He is a thinker, which is rare these days.  He comes up with ideas and is a problem solver.”

Liam is employed by MG My Gateway, who are a Group Training Company.  He is then hosted by Sevaan Group.  MG My Gateway provide support to Liam and Sevaan Group throughout the Apprenticeship.

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Liam at Sevaan Group

Ben Collins, Production Supervisor, adds “He is a good kid.  Liam is helpful, pro-active and a good worker.  He works independently and has shown great interest in learning the laser cutting machine operation.  He now runs it without help.”

Liam is happy.  He says “Working at Sevaan Group is really good.  I enjoy the variety and the steady income.  The guys are great to work with.  I was originally deciding between Construction and Metal & Engineering.  My work placement in both these areas helped me decide and I know I’ve chosen the right path. I did my Work Placement with Sevaan Group back in 2014 so I knew some of the people and what to expect.”

Steve Horn (MG My Gateway) provides Liam with ongoing support.  Steve, Liam and Ben meet regularly to assess Liam’s progress.  “When Liam attended his pre Apprenticeship course he was always early, had a good attitude and was really keen to enter the workforce.  He was an ideal candidate to put forward to Sevaan Group.  Seeing Liam grow in confidence and excel in his chosen career is very rewarding”, Steve says.

MWLP’s Amber Hope added “It is so encouraging to see schools like Airds High connecting with organisations like ours.  Not all students want to take the University Path. We can offer students Career and Transition advice and guide them along their career pathway.  We can even connect them to jobs.”

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L TO R: Steve Horn, Amber Hope, Liam Osborne and Ben Collins

For further information contact MWLP on 4625 1863.

Media Relations contact:  Sue Scobie 0438 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

08

Mar

MWLP domain is bigger than ever

South West Voice – News & Views in Macarthur – recently published a fabulous article on MWLP’s expansion into the Inner South West.  Thanks to Editor, Eric Kontos for his ongoing interest in us and Macarthur’s young people. Read More →

03

Mar

Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College students learn puppetry, photography, street theatre and more!

Horizon Theatre Company has been offering week-long Work Placements to HSC students for over 16 years.  These Year 11 and 12 students are training towards the Certificate III in Entertainment and need to complete successful placements with industry to attain the qualification and pass their Higher School Certificate.

Horizon Theatre Company, located in Wiley Park, was established in 1997 and works mostly with youth and children.

Artistic Director, Maddy Slabacu, is the Creator of Horizon Theatre Company.  She is passionate about art and young people and often hosts a number of students at a time, as she encourages team work in all that she teaches.

The students get involved in puppetry, photography, street theatre, lighting, filming, digital support and workshops.

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Students from Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College with Maddy Slabacu (centre)

Maddy says “We believe art and theatre can contribute to the foundation of a young person.  We work with students to help them express emotion and cover issues such as stalking, bullying, emotional, financial and social abuse and intimidation.  Some students also get to work with disabled kids as we are big on breaking down barriers, including age, faith and culture.  Often without realising it the students develop their own personal skills from working with others.”

Matthew Matta, a Year 12 student attending Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College said “My Work Placement at the Horizon Theatre Company was better than I expected. I loved this week.  I chose it for a reason and I’m glad I did.”

Caragh Hayes, also in Year 12 and from Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, added “I really enjoyed working as part of a team this week and working with these types of issues I got an idea of how to express them visually”.

Maddy sees the students develop skills and confidence in the week they are with her.  She believes this self-assurance will help students at interviews and that students will be better at coping with peer pressure.

These skills include assisting with production of live performances, working safely in the industry, live audio productions, bump in and bump out and participating in collaborative creative projects at school as part of the course and then having the opportunity to practice these skills while on Work Placement.

MWLP – Linking Youth is the new Work Placement Service Provider that co-ordinates all Work Placement in Bankstown, Canterbury and the Inner South West for local high schools and TAFEs.  They have been servicing the Macarthur area for over 20 years (and still are).  This year alone they will place over 6,800 students into businesses.

Students add value to businesses and are covered for insurance while on Work Placement.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this worthwhile program please call Trudi or the Work Placement Team on 4625 1863 or email trudi at trudi.haycock@mwlp.com.au .

Media Relations contact:  Sue Scobie 0438 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

18

Feb

South West Voice gives voice to MWLP – Linking Youth

Thank you South West Voice for the article published yesterday on the success of our work placement students at Seta’s Café.  During the first two months of the Cafe’s operation MWLP provided Seta’s Café with two outstanding Hospitality students who were quick to impress.  Read More →

10

Feb

Work Placement Works – Trendy new Café snaps up staff

Seta’s Café, Campbelltown opened some three months ago.  Owner/Manager Seta Berbari, with over 11 years’ experience in Hospitality, finally took the plunge to open her own Café and what a brilliant job she’s done.  With a great eye for detail the Café offers a wonderful ambience, good food, fabulous coffee and really friendly staff.  Two, in particular, came via the MWLP – Linking Youth Work Placement program.

Students in Year 11 and 12 who are studying Vocational courses such as Hospitality are required to complete two week’s work placement (one week in Year 11 and one in Year 12).  Seta had hosted students under the MWLP program at a previous job and was quick to join once again.

During the first two months of the Café’s operation MWLP provided Seta’s Cafe with two outstanding Hospitality students who were quick to impress.  They worked in both front and back of house, preparing food, cleaning, cooking and waitressing.  Both were offered casual jobs.

Amy Hocking from Broughton Anglican School will begin Year 12 this year and will be working most Saturdays and Sundays at Seta’s Café.

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L to R: Amy Hocking, Seta Berbari and Kristen Spiteri (Chef)

Amy had never heard of the Café until she was given the opportunity to choose her Host Employer whilst in her Hospitality class at school.  Amy says “I love working here.  My Work Placement gave me the opportunity to see how wonderful the staff were and how much fun working in the kitchen was.  I was so happy when Seta offered me the job after my one-week placement.  It is enjoyable to come to work with a boss like Seta.  It is definitely a career I may consider pursuing once I leave school – possibly even opening my own café one day.”

Seta believes the program is a win/win, offering benefits to both the student and employer and she encourages all business to give it a go.  “I urge the students to ask questions and learn as much as they can in the week they are with the Host.  I treat the students like I would treat my own children.  They get to experience the work place, sometimes for the first time ever and the business gets a young person with skills to assist them.  The students can also add value to your business.  Amy’s friends and mum are now regulars.  And they are telling their friends!  It is also a great way to interview potential new staff as you get to see them in action” adds Seta.

For businesses that might be interested in becoming a part of this unique and free program please call Trudi or the Work Placement team on 4625 1863 or email Trudi at trudi.haycock@mwlp.com.au

Media Relations contact:  Sue Scobie 0438 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

10/2/2016

03

Feb

MWLP expands its services to include the Inner South West

MWLP has been co-ordinating work placement for Macarthur HSC students for 20 years.  The Department of Education recently rezoned NSW regions and as a result MWLP will now be the Work Placement Service Provider across the Inner South West and Macarthur.

MWLP will service 70 schools including government and non-government, from Picton through to Concord and will be busy placing over 6,800 students in 2016.

Higher School Certificate students who are studying Vocational Courses such as Construction, Hospitality, Tourism, Business Services and more are required to complete one week’s work placement in Year 11 and one in Year 12.  This is a mandatory requirement for students to get their HSC and the nationally recognised qualification.

MWLP works closely with schools, business and industry to link them through work placement so students gain valuable work place experiences and employers engage with potential employees.

MWLP Work Placement Manager, Trudi Haycock, is thrilled to be able to assist more young people to learn these vital workplace skills to ensure a more successful transition from school to work.

Trudi says “MWLP has a very good reputation in Macarthur and our goal is to replicate this in the Inner South West.  We are currently liaising with our new key stakeholders and look forward to creating long standing, professional relationships offering solid customer service”.

For businesses that might be interested in becoming a part of this rewarding program please call Trudi or the Work Placement Team on 4625 1863 or email Trudi at trudi.haycock@mwlp.com.au

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L to R: MWLP Work Placement Team:

Michael Everett, Deanne James, Courtney Ditton, Trudi Haycock (Manager) and Peter Miller

 

Media Relations contact:  Sue Scobie on 0438 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

 

13

Nov

MWLP Supports Business Services Implementation Day

Lyn Kenny, Senior Pathways Officer from Public Schools NSW Ultimo, has thanked MWLP’s Training & Industry Liaison Co-ordinator, Janelle Henson, for her support of the recent Business Services Implementation Day for VET teachers.

Janelle assisted by linking the Department of Education with local business and industry representatives from NRMA and MG My Gateway to assist with assessment validation and to obtain direct industry input for teachers delivering the Business Services HSC course.  Janelle commented “Rebecca Kerin (NRMA) and Emma Taylor (MG My Gateway) were both able to draw on their extensive backgrounds in business to provide valuable feedback and suggestions on the assessment tasks, set by teachers for their students, as part of the course.  This input was greatly appreciated.”

Both organisations also host High School students for one week’s Work Placement throughout the year, providing them with industry experience to support what is learnt in the classroom.

Emma had a number of full-time Business Administration, Library and other Traineeship positions available for 2016, which she distributed to teachers for them to pass onto their students.

This was done as part of the Industry Links project that Janelle is leading for MWLP.

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Left to right:  Janelle Henson, Rebecca Kerin and Emma Taylor.

 

07

Oct

Manufacturing Industry Breakfast Forum – 22 October 2015

TAFE SWSi, the City of Campbelltown and the South West Sydney Manufacturing and Engineering Skills Taskforce invite you to an industry breakfast event on Thursday 22 October 2015 from 7.00 to 9.30am at the Campbelltown College.

For more information or to rsvp by 15 October 2015

Email: olga.yoldi@rdasydney.org.au

Phone: (02) 9890 7804

Mobile: 0411 604 270

 

 

07

Oct

Metals & Carpentry Pre-apprenticeship Courses – (new date for Metals Pre-apprenticeship Course)

MG My Gateway – the Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Quality Training Experts are pleased to announce details of their upcoming Metals & Carpentry Pre-Apprenticeship Courses.

Metals Pre-apprenticeship
When 26th October 2015 – 4th December 2015

Monday/Wednesday/Friday x 6 weeks

Where TAFE – Campbelltown
Criteria Aged 17-24yrs. Considering or wanting to explore a trade career in metals/engineering
Apply Contact: Steve Horn, My Gateway

Email: steve.horn@mygateway.org.au

Mob: 0437 435 524

Fees Nil. The course is funded by the NSW Government, State Training Services.
Extras Basic safety gear supplied at no cost.
Employment Prospects The course is designed to help participants prepare for employment as apprentices. Completing students will be considered for apprenticeship employment with My Gateway.
Other You will be trained at TAFE (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) for six (6) weeks and be placed with local engineering/manufacturing companies by My Gateway for work experience on non-class days.

The course is the equivalent to the first semester of the trade course, which will may give you credit towards your apprenticeship.

 

Carpentry Pre-apprenticeship
When 19th October 2015 – 13th November 2015

Monday-Thursday x 4 weeks

Where TAFE – MBISC Ingleburn. MBISC = Macarthur Building Industry Skills Centre
Criteria Aged 17-24yrs. Considering or wanting to explore a trade career in carpentry. Must hold or will be eligible to hold a provisional drivers licence by 31st Dec 2015.
Apply Contact: Mark Challenger, My Gateway

Email: mark.challenger@mygateway.org.au

Mob: 0419 279 164

Fees Nil. The course is funded by the NSW Government, State Training Services.
Extras Students Basic safety gear supplied at no cost.
Employment Prospects The course is designed to help participants prepare for employment as apprentices. Completing students will be considered for apprenticeship employment with My Gateway.
Other You will be trained at TAFE (Monday to Thursday) for four (4) weeks and be placed with builders by My Gateway for work experience on non class days.

The course is the equivalent to the first semester of the trade course, which may give you credit towards your apprenticeship.

21

Aug

John Therry and Mount Carmel students learn the value of networking with business

High School students in Macarthur are being given a wonderful opportunity to attend a monthly business breakfast run by BRAS (Business Relationships at Sunrise).  BRAS is a resourceful group of inspiring business women whose vision is to assist members to reach their full potential and pass it onto others through business and friendship.

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(L to R John Therry Catholic High School students Isabella Doneva, Temia Davis and Yvonne Walker from HR with Ease)

The students connect with professional leaders from the business community.  They hear about ‘every day’ women who have chosen to start their own businesses and are exposed to their goals, ideas, challenges and what motivates them.

During the breakfasts attendees introduce themselves and talk briefly about what they do.  This is followed by a presentation from a guest speaker.

At the most recent meeting Yvonne Walker, from HR with Ease, spoke to the group about the benefits of Quality Human Resources and how this can make business run better.  They streamline work processes and introduce or improve Human Resource Policies.

Monica D’Atone, Year 11 student at Mount Carmel Catholic College said “There were a lot of successful business women at the meeting to learn a lot off. The speaker who presented a speech on employees presented very well and gave lots of points that I feel is not only an insight into starting a business later in life, but is also a good source of information to have whilst studying business studies during year 11 and 12.”

“Both Ruby (Colangelo) and myself enjoyed the morning and would recommend it to both women in business and students either studying business or wanting to eventually open a business of their own after school. It was a real experience, and a great opportunity!”

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(L to R Mount Carmel Catholic College, Nancy Payne Career Advisor and students Ruby Colangelo, Monica D’Atone and Yvonne Walker from HR with Ease)

MWLP – Linking Youth, who are specialists in Career and Transition Services, co-ordinated the student’s attendance.

For further information please contact MWLP’s Career Development Specialist, Amber Hope on 0438 462 019 or at amber.hope@mwlp.com.au

Media Relations contact:  Sue Scobie 0438 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

19

Aug

McDonald Jones Homes new cadetship program

McDonald Jones Homes is offering upcoming or recent school leavers a wonderful opportunity to join their new cadetship program.  If young people have an interest in Building and Construction this may be for them.

Please note – it is not an apprenticeship scheme.  Cadets will complete a Certificate III in Business as well as a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) – rotating through different areas of the company including sales, customer service, sales estimating and production estimating – with the goal being that cadets become long term employees of the company.  Both males and females are encouraged to apply.

Please find a brochure and application form below.

Cadet program brochure

Application Form MJH Cadetship Program

For more information please McDonald Jones Homes on (02) 4918 2645

12

Aug

James Meehan students exposed to trade careers and how to get them

Year 10 students from James Meehan High School, who were interested in gaining an Apprenticeship or Traineeship when they leave school, recently attended an interactive and informative seminar to enhance their awareness of the many trade pathways available.

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The session covered many motivating topics including:

  • Understanding TAFE/Group Training Companies/Apprenticeships/Traineeships
  • Tackling the Employment Market
  • Preparing for employment
  • Types of Apprenticeships and Traineeships available
  • And where to find them

What better way to learn about a trade than hear directly from an up and coming tradesperson!  A 4th Year Apprentice, employed by CJD Equipment, spoke about his duties and how he gained his Apprenticeship.

Students also heard from a Trainee employed by Campbelltown City Council about her Traineeship and what she intends to pursue on completion.

Local employer MG My Gateway spoke about their organisation and expectations from students when they complete either their Traineeship or Apprenticeship.

Students enjoyed the seminar and learnt a lot. They had plenty of opportunities to ask questions specific to the industry and trade they were interested in.

Amber Hope, Career Development Specialist at MWLP – Linking Youth hosted the seminar.  She said “It was encouraging to see such a level of involvement from the students and to see them discover information that will be vital to them as they start on their career pathway”.

For more information please contact Amber on 0438 462 019 or at amber.hope@mwlp.com.au

Media Relations contact:  Sue Scobie Ph 0438 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

 

07

Aug

Where the jobs are

Sixty Year 11 students from St. Benedict’s Catholic College found out where essential jobs will be in the next five years at a recent seminar hosted by local youth specialists, MWLP – Linking Youth.

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Janelle Henson with students from St. Benedict’s Catholic College

The informative session covered vital topics such as:Career tips and career planning

  • The top five fastest growing industries
  • Predicted growth in Macarthur over the next five years and where the work will be
  • Occupations available in those growth areas
  • Skill levels
  • Employability skills – what employers look for

Students learnt about different pathways available to them on leaving school and how researching and talking to local employers about job opportunities is a great way to start.

Students had the occasion to ask lots of questions about their desired career paths and options available.

The seminar was designed to expose the Year 11 students to industries and occupations they may not have previously considered.

Career Development Specialists from MWLP also provided the students with a snapshot of the Australian labour market.  Skill shortages were discussed to assist young people to look for work in areas that will have the most growth in the coming years.

“When talking with students about their careers and possible pathways it is important for them to gain as much information about the jobs they are interested in and about what types of jobs there are, what’s available and where the jobs are. Our talks help students with where to find the information, who to talk to, what to consider and making sense of the information, while being realistic about their career pathway”, explained Amber Hope, Career Specialist at MWLP.

For more information please contact Amber on 0438 462 019 or at amber.hope@mwlp.com.au

Media Relations contact:  Sue Scobie Ph 0438 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

17

Jul

School/Industry link prepares students for world of work

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Students from St. Patrick’s College and Magdalene Catholic College recently attended a Business Women’s networking breakfast held at Rydges Campbelltown.

BRAS (Business Relationships at Sunrise) is a vibrant and resourceful group of leading Business Women whose vision is to assist members to reach their full potential and pass it on to others through business and friendship.  This dynamic organisation meets over breakfast each month and recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

During the breakfasts attendees introduce themselves and talk briefly about what they do and this is followed by a presentation from a guest speaker.

Becky Pascoe from the Smart Work Hub, Oran Park spoke to the group about the benefits of working in a Work Hub.  She was entertaining and very informative and gave us an interesting insight into the operation of a Work Hub.

Amber Hope, Career Development Specialist, from MWLP – Linking Youth co-ordinates the attendance of the students and during the breakfast had the opportunity to talk to them.  “I found their feedback to be very reassuring.  These students seemed to get a lot back from attending.  They see a side of business they wouldn’t normally get to see until they are usually well entrenched in their careers.”

Alyshia Iorfino from Magdalene Catholic College commented “I am seriously thinking about opening my own business in clothing and knowing there are Business Networking Groups like this is fantastic.”

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L to R: Alyshia Iorfino, Becky Pascoe and Jessica-Lee Wessely

Faith Irwin and Renee Picot from St. Patricks College added “We really enjoyed the breakfast and gained a lot.  The guest speaker was great.”

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L to R: Jenniffer Goodall (BRAs Founder), Faith Irwin, Becky Pascoe and Renee Picot

For further information please contact MWLP’s Career Development Specialist, Amber Hope on 0438 462 019 or at amber.hope@mwlp.com.au

Media Relations contact:  Sue Scobie 0438 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

 

19

Jun

Macarthur Career Expo leads to exciting job prospects

Thousands of Year 10, 11 and 12 students attended the recent Macarthur Area Careers Expo held at the Minto Indoor Sports Centre.

The Expo is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about career paths and particular jobs that may be of interest to them.

The level of enthusiasm was high with a lot of students focused on what they want to do, but for the majority it is still quite a mystery.

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(L to R: Olivia Tonkin, Paige Butler and Jenna Stoker from Mt. Carmel Catholic College)

There was information on how to acquire a Traineeship or Apprenticeship and University entry criteria and course information.

From careers in Hospitality, Beauty, Health and Fitness, Business, Entertainment, Graphic Design, Medicine and Music – there was something for everyone.

Local youth organisation MWLP – Linking Youth was among the exhibitors and had some great contact with the attendees.  Amber Hope, MWLP’s Career Development Specialist said “Sometimes it only takes a career conversation to help someone start on their career pathway.  Getting to know the student, their interests and skills and then talking to them about career possibilities that they may not have considered, or even heard of, really excites me.”

Careers Expo Co-ordinator, Larry Margerison adds “ This once a year event gives students of the Macarthur region a chance to meet and talk directly to the people involved in their post high school career paths and see the wide range of options available”.

For more information or to book in for a career conversation please contact Amber Hope on 0438 462 019 or email amber.hope@mwlp.com.au

Media Relations Contact:  Sue Scobie Ph: 0438 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

29

May

St. Benedict’s first Hospitality class the right recipe for students and business

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St. Benedict’s Catholic College is a co-educational high school, located in Oran Park.  It opened in 2011 with an initial cohort of 75 students and expanded each year with a new Year 7 intake.  The College now has a total of 545 students from Years 7 to 11.

The inaugural group of students has reached Year 11 and students, who are studying Hospitality as part of their Higher School Certificate, recently attended their first week of work placement in industry.

MWLP – Linking Youth, who co-ordinates this work placement, was inundated with outstanding feedback from local businesses about these highly accomplished students.

In fact, two students were offered Apprenticeships and another, casual work.

Jessica Healy was exceptional during her placement and is now employed by HTN and contracted to Wests Leagues Club.  Executive Chef, Graeme Kruger gave her a perfect score.  “Jessica was a gem all week and had very good skill levels and ability.  She even ran a busy section all by herself,” he said.

Lachlan Abbott was offered an Apprenticeship with Camden Valley Country Club.  He found his work placement to be really helpful.  It gave him an idea of what hands on hospitality is all about.  He said “Everyone there was super nice.  I put in a lot of effort and felt I did pretty well, but was really happy to be offered this opportunity about one hour before my placement finished.  I’m going to make up my mind about whether or not I’ll take it once I’ve completed my Construction placement.”

Elyse Murphy and Olivia Lowe were placed at Carrington Centennial Care and it was not what they were expecting.  They didn’t cook but instead learnt all about ‘front of house’ duties and they loved it.  “We really enjoyed serving and interacting with the clients there.”

Hospitality Teacher, Lynette Reavell, is grateful for the MWLP program.  “They take care of all the paperwork and provide a broad range of establishments to meet the individual needs of the students and their interests,” she said.

MWLP SWL Manager, Trudi Haycock added “It was great to hear all of the wonderful feedback from the employers.  There were some wonderful outcomes of students obtaining employment, which really showcases the positive results of VET and work placement.  This whole group of students has done St. Benedict’s and themselves proud.”

Media Relations contact:  Sue Scobie 0438 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

15

May

MWLP response to Budget announcement for Youth Employment Strategy

MWLP supports Commonwealth Youth Employment Strategy.

Local organisation MWLP is supportive of the $330 million Youth Employment Strategy announced as part of the 2015-2016 Commonwealth Government Budget. The stragety includes a range of targeted programs that aim to better prepare young people for the workplace so that they have the work-related skills needed by employers.  It also includes a focus on more intensive support for vulnerable young people who are most at risk of long term unemployment.

“The Youth Employment Strategy is critical if we are serious about supporting young people into employment – and if we are to confront the issue of long term unemployment where it begins.  The alternative is to waste human talent and capability – which is detrimental to young people, their families, the economy and the community,” commented MWLP CEO Steve Montgomery.

“MWLP supports this positive and proactive response from the Commonwealth Government announced in the recent Budget.  It is fabulous news for young people and their families, as it means young people will receive the support and guidance they need to become work ready.  It is also a great outcome for employers, as the Youth Employment Strategy will see more work ready young people who are capable of taking on the jobs they are providing.”

MWLP has 20 years’ experience in working with Macarthur business and industry to support young people to develop work readiness skills and is thrilled that the importance of this work is upheld by the newly announced Youth Employment Strategy.

“This is also very positive news for our staff and clients who believe so much in investing time and effort in nurturing young people,” added Mr Montgomery.

“MWLP hopes to be a part of this exciting new forward direction to continue its essential work in the Macarthur area.”

Media contact:

Sue Scobie, MWLP Marketing & Communications

0438 046 293 or email sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

www.mwlp.com.au

01

May

VET Reform Good News

Australian employers and industry will be placed at the heart of a new approach to the development of vocational education.

Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham said recently “As the Minister responsible for vocational education and training I have placed a priority on finalising a new model for training product development, with Australian industry taking the lead, because it is employers who best know what skills and competencies they need in their current and future employees”.

Steve Montgomery, MWLP CEO totally agrees with this approach.  He says “Industry will provide the leadership and feedback needed to maintain the high quality of VET.  This will ensure students undertaking these courses are provided with the skills essential to industry and that training will directly link to employment opportunities”.

Steve adds “MWLP places over 3,000 students into supportive workplaces each year and is always on the lookout for more employers to support the future of their industry.  We also work with the Department of Education and the Catholic Education Office Registered Training Organisations to assist them to develop vital industry links.”

60,000 Year 11 and 12 school students undertake VET training as part of their Higher School Certificate across Australia each year and 24% of these are offered employment.

Read more

 

15

Apr

Parents learn to guide children along career path

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Parents of students attending Years 10 to 12, at both Mount Carmel Catholic College and St. Benedict’s Catholic College, went back to school recently.

Approximately 20 parents attended a workshop at St. Benedicts to educate them in how to become a vital part of their children’s transition from school to work.

The PACTS seminar (Parents As Career Transition Support) has been developed to bring parents up to date with practical strategies and information on career development.

Parents occupy a critical and unique place in the transition network of young people.  There are often many common misconceptions about available pathways, limited insight into their own teenager’s situation and a lack of skills to be able to assist and discuss options.

The workshop’s fundamental aim is to bridge the knowledge gap for parents.  Just some of the topics included are:

Communicating with your teenager about careers

  • Identifying their interests and skills
  • Learning to use the job guide
  • Training and further education options
  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • Pathways into University
  • Tackling the job market
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Job seeking

Local youth specialists MWLP conducted the workshop and were pleasantly surprised by the amazing feedback they received.  100% of the attendees were 100% satisfied.

One parent, Christine Shiner, commented “I found the explanations of SBAT, TVET, VET and the explanation of ATAR and how it works, plus the pathways into Uni, very helpful”.

Another attendee, Lee Slattery added “I really was unsure of what it was all about but now I feel I am more knowledgeable to assist and support my child”.

MWLP’s Career Development Specialist, Amber Hope, said “We are pleased to see these Macarthur High Schools eager to put on the workshops.  I encourage parents to start having career conversations with their children as early as Year 8 or 9 and if parents are a little unsure how to start these talks, these workshops will really help”.

For more information please contact Amber from MWLP on 0438 462 019 or at amber.hope@mwlp.com.au

Media Relations contact:  Sue Scobie 0438 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

 

 

 

20

Mar

NSW Business Chamber endorses the work we do

The NSW Business Chamber recently published a report called “Paving the Pathway.  Addressing Post Year 10 Education.”

In this report NSW Business Chamber CEO, Stephen Cartwright, said that “Businesses in NSW need a skilled, flexible and motivated workforce that contributes to productivity gains and drives economic development.  The NSW Business Chamber believes that ensuring the available workforce has the skills and knowledge required to meet the needs of business is a major issue for NSW”.

The team at MWLP couldn’t agree more.  This is what we are all about.  We are the vital link between school and work and our aim is to give Macarthur students the opportunity to transition successfully from school into the world of work.  We do this with a business focus ensuring we are meeting their needs as well.

MWLP CEO Steve Montgomery commented “The NSW Business Chamber Report highlights the social and economic impact on communities of investing in workplace preparation and career development opportunities for young people. When this is done with consideration of the workforce development needs of business and industry, we have a truly smart society. The report reinforces the work being done in the Macarthur area by MWLP – including our long-standing work placement coordination work and our new independent career and transition service.”

Click here to read the NSW Business Chamber Report

18

Mar

Students invited to network at BRAS

BRAS (Business Relationships At Sunrise) is a dynamic, not-for-profit, Macarthur based women’s organisation that commenced in 2005.  Their vision is to assist business women to reach their true potential and pass it onto others through business and friendship.

As part of their ongoing commitment to a growing and prosperous Macarthur region they developed a successful High School program where each month they sponsor four students from any Macarthur area high school to attend their business breakfast.

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 L to R Local business women with Amber Hope (MWLP in front), Jackie Erwin (Teacher), Olivia Bond and Jessica Mangan (St. Patrick’s College)

This provides the students with an opportunity to meet and mix with local business women who can pass on knowledge and skills that can assist the students, not only in their personal lives, but also for their future business aspirations.

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L to R Local business women with Jessica Cunningham, Carol Dobbie (Teacher in red) and Kayla Grech (Magdalene Catholic High School)

The students are co-ordinated through local youth organisation MWLP – Linking Youth and Year 12 students from both St. Patrick’s College and Magdalene Catholic High School attended the most recent breakfast.

MWLP’s Career Development Specialist, Amber Hope, believes in the importance of providing vital links for students to connect to business and industry.  She says “The opportunity for young people to connect, engage and gain knowledge from local businesses is extremely valuable in developing skills and adding value to their career development”.

The positive feedback from students is enlightening and ensures they are getting real benefits from attending.

Olivia Bond from St. Patrick’s College commented “The breakfast was so excellent! I really loved how engaging it was but also so professional.”

For further information please contact MWLP’s Career Development Specialist Amber Hope on 0438 462 019 or at amber.hope@mwlp.com.au

Media Relations contact:  Sue Scobie 0438 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

18

Mar

Parents taught career tips to ensure children on right path

Magdalene High School parents were quick to register for a course to help them help their children with career exploration recently. The parents have children at the school ranging from Years 10 to 12.

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Topics covered included:

Career assessments

  • Understanding TAFE, Apprenticeships and University
  • Tackling the Employment Market
  • How to use the Job Guide and other resources
  • What are HSC, VET and tertiary pathways?
  • Preparing for employment – understanding the options

The workshop, called Parents As Career and Transition Support (PACTS), aims to increase parental participation in their child’s learning and enhance their awareness and knowledge of the many pathways available.  It is also a great way for parents to network and form other relationships with the school and other parents.

The two hour workshop was facilitated by local youth experts MWLP – Linking Youth and the feedback was excellent.  The survey resulted in feedback on the seven questions asked at 100%.

Toni Johnstone (pictured below) commented “The workshop was brilliant.  I feel like I now have a good understanding of the ATAR and how I can help my child with careers and help them choose the right pathway after school.  I learnt where to look for career information and can now have some meaningful career conversations with my child.”

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L to R: Dianna Ames, Toni Johnstone and Amber Hope

Pablo Medina said “I found the workshop very useful and informative, for I was not aware of all the options and pathways for my child”.

For more information please contact MWLP’s Career Development Specialists Dianna Ames on 0430 730 158 or at Dianna.ames@mwlp.com.au or Amber Hope on 0438 462 019 or at amber.hope@mwlp.com.au

Media Relations contact:  Sue Scobie 0438 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

11

Mar

Industry supporting Catholic Education schools

MWLP – Linking Youth is assisting the Catholic Education Office (Wollongong Diocese) to gain important industry feedback on the vocational courses they deliver such as Hospitality, Construction, Metal & Engineering and Business Services.

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(Pictured above L to R Dianna Ames (MWLP), Steve Horn (MG My Gateway), Amber Hope and Janelle Henson (MWLP)

This will assist them in gaining validation of their training and assessment strategies.

MWLP has the expertise and contacts necessary to give this essential feedback to the Catholic Education Office Registered Training Organisation.

Vocational courses are undertaken in Year 11 and 12.  The courses provide a wonderful opportunity for interested young people to gain valuable skills and get work ready early.

An essential component of the courses is ‘work placement’ where the students get to put in practice what they have learnt.  Quite often students are offered a traineeship or apprenticeship or casual work with the host organisation.

MG My Gateway, leaders in employing Apprentices and Trainees, were the first organisation to offer their greatly valued input as Industry Advisors.

Steve Horn (MG My Gateway Field Officer) believes that it is essential for industry to be able to provide this much needed advice to educators.  “Businesses need to know that students, undergoing these Vocational courses at school, are being taught exactly what they need to know to be effective in the workforce.”

Steve is also a great advocate of teachers undergoing work placement and building connections with industries. He says “It is good for teachers to also see how industry works and it is a vital opportunity to create links”.

Janelle Henson, MWLP’s Training & Industry Liaison Consultant, commented “We are pleased to be supporting the Catholic Education Office to make important links with industry for the long term benefit of young people and industry”.

For additional information please contact Janelle Henson on 0448 852 762 or at Janelle.henson@mwlp.com.au

Media Relations contact:  Sue Scobie Ph 0438 046 293 or at sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

05

Dec

Alan Jones interviews Magdalene winners

The Gamma Raycing Team, consisting of six students from Magdalene Catholic High School have returned from the F1 in Schools challenge, held in Abu Dhabi, finishing 2nd in the world!

Gamma Raycing travelled to Abu Dhabi recently taking with them the miniature Formula One car they designed, using special 3D modelling software and machined from a block of balsa wood.  At the end of an intense two and a half days of competition the students came second in a field of 300 students from 23 countries.

Here is a link to a podcast where Alan Jones interviews two members from the Gamma Raycing team.

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03

Dec

Camden High Student is Macarthur’s Best

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Tayla Ditton (pictured above with host employer Miriam Roberts) is the 2014 Structured Work Placement Student of the Year.  Tayla was one of three finalists announced at the prestigious MG My Gateway Awards recently.

This Award is the result of a joint initiative between MG My Gateway and MWLP – Linking Youth and rewards excellence in HSC VET work placement.

The finalists were carefully chosen from some 3,000 Macarthur students undertaking work placement as part of their Higher School Certificate requirements.

MWLP – Linking Youth has been doing exactly that – linking youth to business and the community for nearly 20 years.  They are the conduit between school and work and arrange thousands of placements each year.

It is a win-win situation for both the student and host employer.  MWLP contacts the employer after each placement to track the student’s performance.  Outstanding achievers are placed on the MWLP-Linking Youth Honour Roll and this list of about 100 students is narrowed down to three exceptional finalists.

The 2014 finalists were:

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Tayla Ditton, from Camden High, nominated by LJ Hooker, Camden.

Brandon Snook, from John Therry Catholic High School, nominated by John Warby Public School, and

Picton High Student, Carlie Elfar, also nominated by LJ Hooker Camden.

Tayla said on receiving her award “This means a lot to me.  It is so exciting to be recognised.  I got so much out of my placement and winning this award is even better.  I really feel like I have achieved something very special”, she said.

Donna McLaren, Deputy Principal, Camden High School was delighted with Tayla’s win.  “She is an outstanding young woman who deserves the recognition for her efforts, hard work and wonderful skills.  The delivery of VET courses and the accompanying Work Placement, allows schools to showcase and present students to the business and community world.  In doing so students get true, authentic wider world experience and employers get to mentor, encourage and develop these young people.  The students at Camden High School are excellent and deserve these opportunities.  We are very proud of Tayla and her Award”, Donna said.

Miriam Roberts, LJ Hooker Franchisor/Director is a strong advocate of the MWLP – Linking Youth Program and takes on many Macarthur students and both Tayla and Carlie, she found, stood head and shoulders above the rest. Miriam said “It seemed like Tayla was a full time employee from day one.  She was extremely efficient, competent and completed everything extremely well.  She is a very confident young lady who really was part of the team and can have a job here any time she likes.”

Tayla is now considering a future in real estate.

Needless to say Tayla’s mum, Sharon, was blown away and “very, very proud”.

 

Details:  Trudi Haycock Ph: 4625 1863 or email Trudi.haycock@mwlp.com.au

 

27

Nov

Magdalene students world runners-up in F1 in Schools Challenge

Magdalene Catholic High School students have helped Australia retain its winning streak at the F1 in Schools Challenge – finishing second in the word. MWLP – Linking Youth is very proud to be a supporter and sponsor of these outstanding young people.

 

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20

Nov

Advanced Manufacturing Forum 2015

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5th December 2014, 8 am to 12 noon at the Campbelltown Catholic Club.

In partnership with NSW Trade and Investment, South West Sydney BEC will be  hosting an Advanced Manufacturing Forum and Business Breakfast for manufacturers in our region.

Come along and enjoy an opportunity to network with others in the  Manufacturing Sector, listen to industry leaders and take advantage to ask questions of experts.

Attendance fee $30 – includes breakfast plus the chance to win an Apple ipad.

Register now: www.swsydneybec.com.au/events

20

Nov

Apprentice & Trainee of the Year Awards

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The Manufacturing & Engineering Institute of Australia is hosting the National Engineering Trades Apprentice and Trainee of the Year Awards for 2015.

The Awards seek to acknowledge apprentices’ exceptional contributions to their workplace and to raise awareness of career opportunities in the engineering and manufacturing sectors.

Nominate your apprentice or trainee now.  Expressions of interest due 12 December with final submissions by 12 March 2015.

For more information please email info@meia.org.au .

 

 

 

 

14

Nov

Local students in race of a lifetime

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The Gamma Raycing Team, consisting of six students from Magdalene Catholic High School, is on its way to Abu Dhabi for the 2014 F1 in Schools World Finals.

The competition will be held at Ferrari World from the 17th to the 20th November.  Over 300 students from 23 countries will be competing for University Scholarships to City University London and for the prestigious Bernie Eccleston World Champions trophy.

The Magdalene High School students will be racing their specially designed and manufactured miniature F1 Balsa wood car down the track as well as giving a verbal presentation, presenting a pit display and much more.  Two and a half days of intense competition will be followed by a gala evening Awards dinner.

It won’t be all hard work as the teams have also planned some exciting activities including, visiting Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld, riding dune buggies in the desert and camel rides.

They will also attend the 2014 Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, experience the race and get to meet world famous Australian F1 Racing Driver, Daniel Ricciardo.

It has been an eight month journey preparing for the World Finals with lots of hard work,(early mornings and late nights) planning and budgeting, working on their presentation, preparing and developing the cars, manufacturing and testing, designing their portfolio and pit display, resourcing and marketing.  And they are truly ready.

Hannah, Elyse, Jordan, Luke, Matt and Troy are Gamma Raycing and they would like to thank Mr. Gorrie, their very supportive and dedicated teacher, school, sponsors, supporters and of course their parents.

What an outstanding achievement and what a way to put Macarthur on the map for providing such wonderful opportunities to our students and future leaders.

F1 was designed to help connect students to the engineering industry by making learning relevant and fun and they have definitely achieved this.

MWLP – Linking Youth, who is a proud supporter and Platinum sponsor of Gamma Raycing, wishes the team every success in Abu Dhabi.

You can follow them by:

Watching them on their YouTube Channel – F1 in Schools HQ

Gamma Raycing Website: http://www.gammaraycing.com/

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/GammaRaycing

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gammaraycing

We will keep you updated.

Details:  Janelle Henson, Partnership Broker at MWLP on 4625 1863 or email Janelle.henson@mwlp.com.au

 

29

Oct

NSW Volunteer of the Year 2014

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Congratulations to Natalie Wadwell who was awarded this prestigious title recently at the Campbelltown Catholic Club.

Natalie was the driving force behind an initiative called Stepping Up designed to showcase local talent, by highlighting HSC students’ major works, at local venues.

She was also awarded Student Volunteer of the Region whilst currently studying Creative Arts full-time at University, worked alongside Camden and Campbelltown Councils, Lend Lease and Macarthur based organisation MWLP – Linking Youth.  Sixty students have contributed to this project over three years and Natalie has big plans to expand the project.

Natalie co-ordinates the exhibition, visits teachers and students to encourage them to participate, works with partners, displays the works and is outstanding in her ability to promote the project.  Audiences vote on the artworks and artists are invited to see the high caliber of work on display.

Natalie enlisted the support of Russell Matheson MP, Federal Member for Macarthur, from day one.  Russell has been keen to promote her work and encourages young people across Macarthur to get involved.

Camden and Campbelltown Councils nominated Natalie on behalf of the partners from the Stepping Up Project.  Natalie is a motivated, passionate young lady keen to make an impression in the world and wants other young people to benefit and share her passion.

She is now working hard to prepare for the 2015 Stepping Up Exhibition which will be held from 15-26th of February 2015 at Macarthur Square.  For Expressions of Interest go to http://facebook.com/Wadwellinitiatives or steppingupmacarthur@gmail.com

Natalie will be representing our Region at the NSW Volunteering State Ceremony in December and we wish her all the very best!

Supporters of the NSW Volunteer of the Year Award are The Centre for Volunteering, Clubs NSW and the NSW Department of Education and Communities.

Details: Dianna Ames, MWLP – Linking Youth Ph: 4625 1863 or email dianna.ames@mwlp.com.au

16

Oct

Resilience Optimism Confidence (ROC) on display in Narellan Library

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Claire Eaton, Founder of ROC Teen, Western Australia, recently presented five fabulous seminars designed specifically for the audience.  One for parents, carers and educators; two for teen girls and two for the teen boys.  (The teens were divided into groups of 11-13 years and 14 – 17 years.)

Claire, a Teacher of 20 years, Deputy Principal, Tutor, Mentor with the Department of Education and Training WA, Coach and NLP Practitioner is passionate about kids, their self esteem and happiness.

Claire spoke about the ‘7 secrets’ of nurturing the qualities of Resilience, Optimism and Confidence in teens, the basics of ROC thinking, to 50 enthusiastic parents.  She mentioned the three Ts – time, tolerance and teaching and believes the earlier we start, the easier it is to establish a path for teens which is smoother, safer and with less risk.

After the parent session Claire said “Thank you to every beautiful parent who shared two hours with me.  It was a room filled with a common goal.  To better understand our teenagers and grab some useful tools in helping them be more in charge of their own resilience, optimism and confidence.”

During the workshops with teenagers they learnt about positive labeling, choice and responsibility, consciously choosing friendship groups and becoming  ‘the boss’ of their own Resilience, Optimism and Confidence.  They explored effective ways to think and learn how to be more positive, calm and happy in their own skin.

The workshops were informal, fun, conversational and stress-free.

The visit by ROC Teen was made possible by Camden Council, macarthurparents.com.au and MWLP – Linking Youth.

Details  Amber Hope ph. 4625 1863 or email amber.hope@mwlp.com.au

 

15

Oct

Invitation to TAFE NSW SWSi Breakfasts

TAFE NSW SWSi invites regional industry leaders to breakfast

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TAFE NSW -South Western Sydney Institute TAFE (SWSi) will host a series of business breakfasts designed to inform regional industry leaders of the changes taking place in the TAFE system but more importantly to also reassure them of TAFE SWSi’s ongoing commitment to provide excellent education and training for regional businesses.

Three breakfasts are planned in the coming weeks at different TAFE SWSi colleges: the first at Campbelltown College on Thursday, 23rd October; the second at Wetherill Park College on Thursday, 6th November and the final one at Padstow College on Wednesday, 12th November.

A delicious breakfast prepared and served by the Hospitality section will be followed by a presentation on change in the NSW training system from TAFE SWSi Director Peter Roberts who will then lead a Q & A session.

Mr Roberts said his presentation would advise breakfast participants of what is changing and what is not changing in 2015 and how and the best ways for industry and community to access TAFE SWSi services.

“The breakfast is also a chance for leaders in our region to tell us how they want TAFE SWSi to work with them to meet their needs and to find out how training excellence can improve the bottom line for businesses and build skills to increase employment in our communities,” he said.

“TAFE SWSi would continue to respond to the changing demands of industry, students and the community and also review our own business practices and service delivery to accommodate a new funding structure and ongoing reforms.

“We have the skills and the capability to deliver excellent services but we really need to know what business and community leaders want and how we can support them in this changing environment,” Mr Roberts said.

TAFE SWSi gives local residents the chance to enrol in one of more than 700 courses across a wide range of industries such as community services, hospitality, business, finance, manufacturing, transport, design, IT, interpreting, building and construction, he said

TAFE SWSi is one of Australia’s largest educational institutions, with 72,000 enrolments every year at nine colleges across South Western Sydney, in workplaces all over Australia and internationally.

TAFE SWSi is also the 2013 National Large Training Provider of the Year.

Media Contact:  Pascal Adolphe, Public Relations & Media

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25

Sep

Work Placement Student of the Year Finalists

We are pleased to announce the following students (listed alphabetically by surname) have been selected as a finalist for the 2014 ‘Work Placement Student of the Year Award’:

  • Tayla Ditton from Camden High School – nominated by LJ Hooker Camden
  • Carlie Elfar from Picton High School – nominated by LJ Hooker Camden
  • Brandon Snook from John Therry Catholic High School – nominated by John Warby Public School

These students have been selected as a result of their Host Employer nominating them for the Honour Roll at the end of their work placement.  Over the past 12 months, we have placed over 2,600 students into work placement – 96 students were nominated by their host employers for being outstanding whilst on work placement.  From these 96 students being eligible for the award, MWLP staff members identified them as one of a shortlist of twenty students and with feedback provided by their teachers were then selected as one of the three finalists.

The winner will be announced at the 2014 MG My Gateway Apprentice & Trainee Awards on 21 November.  Each of the finalists will be invited to attend the awards, along with a representative from their school and their host employer.

We are very proud and excited to be assisting students with the opportunities available to them through the Honour Roll and look forward to hearing the winner being announced in November.

Details:  Trudi Haycock Ph: 4625 1863 or email Trudi.haycock@mwlp.com.au

 

 

19

Sep

Parents become Career Assistants

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At the recent 2014 Campbelltown & Macarthur Schools Parent Conference, hosted by John Warby Public School, 60 local primary and high schools were invited with over 150 parents attending. Parents were given the opportunity to gain information about career transition via the Parents as Career and Transition Support (PACTS) program, that was facilitated by MWLP – Linking Youth. The PACTS workshop focused on providing parents with general career information, resources and ongoing support so they can help their children make a successful transition from school to work.  The aim of the workshop was to bridge the knowledge gap for parents on what options are available today.

Throughout the Conference parents were empowered to take up leadership roles in their families, schools and wider communities and were equipped with strategies to assist their children to meet the challenges of leadership and to develop their understanding of further education, training and career opportunities.

Since 2009 John Warby Public School has hosted the Annual Parent Conference, in partnership with the former Regional Multicultural Community Information Officer and Principals, representing John Warby Public School, St. Andrews Public School, Harrington Park Public School, Airds Public School and Leumeah Public School.

Since 2012 MWLP’s Partnership Brokers joined the Management Group to work together to achieve outcomes at each year’s parent conference.  This year was celebrated with a focus on ‘Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders’.

Details:  For more information about the PACTS Program contact Amber Hope Ph: 4625 1963 or email amber.hope@mwlp.com.au

For further information about the Campbelltown & Macarthur School Parent Conference contact John Warby Ph: (02) 4625 8140

 

18

Sep

Students Upskill for the Manufacturing Industry

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Did you know that in Macarthur manufacturing is the most productive industry, generating $1,277 million in 2012/2013?  Currently it is estimated that our region has around 17,300 people employed in the Manufacturing sector, across some 880 businesses.

Recently MWLP-Linking Youth connected the Campbelltown Trade Training Centre at Eagle Vale High School with business and industry to showcase the Centre.

21 students from Airds, Picton and Eagle Vale High Schools demonstrated their skills in manufacturing jewellery, hammers and making and racing cars.

Industry and employer representatives from MG My Gateway, Ai Group, Modfab, Breseight Australia, State Training Services and Manufacturing Skills Australia had the opportunity to speak to the students about potential apprenticeships and industry expectations.

Local MPs Russell Matheson and Bryan Doyle both attended.  “It’s good to see local industry actively involved in this Trade Training Centre to help students develop the skills and confidence they will need in the workforce before they leave school.  The Centre gives these students the opportunity to learn, be ready for work or apprenticeships and establish valuable connections to local industry”, commented Russell Matheson.

The day was the brainchild of Eagle Vale High School Teacher Robert Hecimovic, who worked in alliance with teachers from Airds and Picton High Schools, to ensure the days success.

It was a wonderful day of collaboration between all stakeholders that certainly highlighted the need for local young people to be connected to the Manufacturing Industry to learn about career pathways and to showcase the Centre.

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 Details: Janelle Henson, MWLP-Linking Youth, Ph. 4625 1863 or email Janelle.henson@mwlp.com.au

01

Sep

Capturing what we do!

This clip was created to capture some of the projects, partnerships and programs MWLP have developed and delivered over the last 19 years within the Macarthur Region. To find out more about what we do, follow us on Facebook!

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14

Aug

Inspired to work

 

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Sixteen students from both Airds and Eagle Vale High Schools recently participated in a Work Inspiration program featuring industry visits designed to stimulate their interest in industries and careers that they may not have considered, or had knowledge of.

Work Inspiration is an employer-led campaign aiming to ensure that young Australian’s first experience of the world of work is meaningful and inspiring.

It is a framework for the career development of young people and involves a combination of hands-on experiences, career conversations between students and adults in the workforce and student’s reflections and feedback.

Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) and the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) recently joined forces with industry associations and their employer members for the inaugural Macarthur Industry Engagement – Work Inspiration Project.

Local employer Macarthur Frames and Trusses was keen to be a part of the program.  It is a family owned and run business, having been established since 1982.  Owner/Manager Debbie Bourke said “As soon as we heard about the program we were keen to participate.  It’s a great program that helps young people have more focus on their career paths.  They get to know what jobs are available and we are able to give them an insight into our industry.”

Isaac Rodrigeuz, an Eagle Vale Year 10 High School Student said “I enjoyed finding out about different industries and seeing what they do and what it is like to work at those companies.  It was great to get some hands-on experience when we were cutting glass at the TAFE.”

Nadine Hakes, an Airds High Year 9 Student added “Work Inspiration gave me an idea of how things are made in the Manufacturing Industry and has given me lots of options to think about.  I enjoyed seeing all the businesses and it was interesting to see what they did.”

Heather White – Senior Pathways Officer from the DEC said MWLP – Linking Youth was instrumental in connecting industry, business and education stakeholders to make this possible.  “It was wonderful to see the program in action and the level of participation from all stakeholders.”

Details:  Janelle Henson, Partnership Broker at MWLP.  Ph 4625 1863 or email janelle.henson@mwlp.com.au

 

 

11

Jul

Wonderful Opportunity for Aspiring Chefs

Recently Campbelltown TAFE hosted an Interschool Culinary Challenge.  Year 11 and 12 students from local high schools competed in a Masterchef type cooking competition.

Twelve students had to recreate Pan Fried Lamb Rump with Ratatouille, Black Olive Tapenade and Basil Oil as demonstrated by local Leading Head Chef Luke Risby.

All 12 students presented excellent dishes and judging was extremely close.

Georgia Pinter from Southern Cross Catholic Vocational Education won 1st Prize, closely followed by Jordan Dau from Campbelltown Performing Arts High School and Laura Killen from Elderslie High. Read More →

19

Jun

Linking Macarthur Students to Careers

Some 3,000 Macarthur High School Students, representing Years 10, 11 and 12, were recently invited to attend the Macarthur Area Careers Expo held at the YMCA Minto Indoor Sports Centre.

It is a great way for students to learn about the many occupations and opportunities that await them.

The level of interest was excellent according to four Year 10 students from Ingleburn High School. The girls had recently attended an expo at UWS and had prepared themselves for the Macarthur Area Careers Expo. They were eager to find out as much as they could. All four students had a good idea of where they were headed from careers in nursing, primary teaching, tourism and counseling.

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06

May

Linking Macarthur Students to Careers

Some 3,000 Macarthur High School Students, representing Years 10, 11 and 12, were recently invited to attend the Macarthur Area Careers Expo held at the YMCA Minto Indoor Sports Centre.

It is a great way for students to learn about the many occupations and opportunities that await them.

The level of interest was excellent according to four Year 10 students from Ingleburn High School.  The girls had recently attended an expo at UWS and had prepared themselves for the Macarthur Area Careers Expo.  They were eager to find out as much as they could.  All four students had a good idea of where they were headed from careers in nursing, primary teaching, tourism and counseling.

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