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.”
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
This year MWLP will place over 6,800 students into the workplace.
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