Catherine Baradit, James Bird and Adrian Malecki
(Photo courtesy of Peter Secheny Photography)
Three years ago MWLP and MG My Gateway combined forces to acknowledge HSC students who perform exceptionally well in their structured workplace learning, also known as work placement.
Each year MWLP organises approximately 3,000 students to undertake hands on learning in an area that is relevant to their studies ie Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Entertainment, Hospitality, Information Technology, Metal & Engineering, Primary Industries, Retail and Tourism.
Feedback from the host businesses in 2011 resulted in 86 students being nominated for the Honour Roll Board located at their respective school or TAFE college. These students also received a Certificate of Achievement and an offer of an interview with MG My Gateway for an apprenticeship or traineeship position.
The list of 86 was then narrowed to the top 20 and a judging panel recently identified the top three students as finalists for the prestigious Work Placement Student of the Year Award.
The well-deserving finalists for this year were Catherine Baradit from Macquarie Fields High School – nominated by Macarthur Business Enterprise Centre; James Bird from Broughton Anglican College – nominated by Outback Steakhouse and Adrian Malecki from Mount Carmel High School – nominated by Wests Leagues Club.
The winner was recently announced at the MG My Gateway Apprentice & Trainee Awards. It was a spectacular night showcasing local talent and attended by some 600 guests.
Year 11 student James Bird took out the top award. James who is studying Hospitality at Broughton Anglican College comes from a family steeped in hospitality. Mum, Dad and James’ brothers have all worked in the industry. Whilst James thought he wanted to be a chef, it was his work placement that definitely made up his mind. Outback Steakhouse Restaurant Manager, Matthew Zahorsky said “James was a fantastic worker. He really shone and it was evident he had a passion for cooking. He related well to staff and customers and was an asset to the team”.
Catherine and Adrian have also been influenced by their work placement experiences. Catherine is hoping to study Business at University after a rewarding week at the Macarthur Business Enterprise Centre and Adrian also has his heart set on becoming a chef after a fantastic work placement with Wests Leagues Club.
Details: MWLP 4625 1863