School, Business and Industry connections launch careers

Apr 7, 2016    

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

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