Sodexo Aboriginal School-Based Traineeship Program

Sodexo Aboriginal School-Based Traineeship Program

  • Published on Wednesday 25 May, 2016
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L – R: Johann Dalton, VET Teacher – St Lukes Catholic College; Lynn Francis, Deputy Head Teacher – Karratha High School; Tracey Stewart, VET Administrator – Karratha High School; Michael Timpson, Recruitment and Management Services Consultant – MEGT

This month sees an important milestone in Sodexo’s Aboriginal School-Based Traineeship program, based in Karratha, WA, as the trainees reach the three-month point of their traineeship.

In October 2015, Sodexo’s Karratha Operations reached out to two schools in the area – Karratha Senior High School and St. Luke’s College – to offer nationally accredited vocational traineeships for local Aboriginal school students. Opportunities were available onsite at Woodside Energy’s Karratha Gap Ridge Village and FM Services in the areas of hospitality, warehousing/inventory control, and business administration.

In partnership with MEGT and both Karratha Education campuses, Sodexo Operations connected with Year 10 students and gathered expressions of interest. With support from the schools and the students’ families, short-listed candidates were mentored through the interview process and invited to an orientation at the workplace.

“We really do value our partnership with MEGT, and couldn’t run the program without their fantastic support.” – Andrea Timmins, Sodexo Funding and Development Advisor – Onsite Services

Four students were successful in obtaining a school-based apprenticeship with Sodexo:

  • Hayley Ladyman – Certification II Business
  • Jay Vaughan-Williams – Certification II Business
  • Haylen Wielgomasz – Certificate II Warehouse Operations
  • Dylan Hansen – Certificate II Warehouse Operations

The students now attend the workplace one day per week within their school schedule, gaining skills and work experience while completing secondary school and also earning a wage.

All the trainees are closely supported by their department supervisors, Sodexo’s Indigenous Community Liaison Manager, and MEGT to ensure their experience onsite is positive and rewarding, and their Certificate II studies are on track. MEGT also offers ongoing support and guidance to over 200 Sodexo trainees and apprentices across the country.

Congratulations to the four trainees! We look forward to continuing the journey through their professional development and beyond.