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

Apr 20, 2016    

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