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Trainees hit the ground running!

In early 2019, we began to support the incredible School Based Traineeships initiative with Hedland Senior High School. We’re so proud of the work the students, the school, the local businesses and training organisations have put into the School Based Traineeships over the past year! Now the exciting part begins again for the next cohort of year 11s and businesses to get involved as we begin planning for the traineeships in 2021.

A couple of years ago, Hedland Senior High School identified that there was a gap for local students transitioning from year 12 into meaningful employment. As Australia’s largest bulk export port with a large industry workforce, an abundance of local businesses and a growing Child Care sector, Hedland is an incredibly unique place with a diverse range of employment opportunities just waiting to be embraced.

The School Based Traineeship program partners year 11 students with a participating organisation for two years, to develop essential workplace skills, receive mentorship and a formal qualification. It provides students the opportunity to experience the workforce and develop essential skills, gain a greater understanding about their future careers and the opportunity to grow and learn prior to finishing their studies.

The students go through a formal process to get accepted into the program to help develop their work ready skills. This includes a series of information sessions, career guidance, resume writing, key tasks and activities as well as a formal application and interview process. The program then partners students with participating organisations to begin their traineeship.

Students can either do one day a fortnight or two weeks a term at TAFE and all students do one day a week with their organisation. At the end of the two-year program, when the students graduate high school, they will have not only completed their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), but also a nationally recognised Certificate II or III qualification. This then puts students who have completed a School Based Traineeship a step ahead in starting their career with the skills and experience to enter the workforce.

It’s a great opportunity for businesses too as they are not only supporting young people in their local community, but they are able to train their future workforce providing students with work experience whilst teaching them the values, methods and practices that are integral to their specific organisation. For some students, when they finish their traineeship, they will have the opportunity to use their Certificate II or III qualification towards becoming further qualified (such as an apprenticeship) or use the skills and experience they have developed to join the workforce.

Throughout the process in addition to Hedland Senior High School providing support to students, there is also support available to organisations wanting to get involved. Organisations can either work through a Group Training Organisation such as One Tree or Programmed to handle the behind the scenes logistics or take on a trainee directly. Apprenticeship Support Australia is also on hand to provide support to businesses, explaining the process and potential government subsidies.

This year, it’s been fantastic to have a number of businesses of all shapes and sizes involved and we are excited to encourage more Hedland organisations to get involved for our next round of traineeships in 2021.

For more information on the Hedland School Based Traineeships, contact Hedland Senior High School Vocational Education and Training Coordinator on 9172 800 or via email at