September Business of the Month – Bartercard Sydney

Bartercard is the operator of the world’s largest trade exchange where businesses have saved $4.5 billion since inception some 27 years ago.

By exchanging products and services without the use of cash, members attract new customers, fill valuable downtime or empty seats and shift excess stock in a competitive market. Their members are trading everything from a hamburger to a multi-million development, holidays, retail products and services. They can even assist with debt collection.

This innovative business sees the value in offering work placements to students in Years 11 and 12, who are studying Business Services as part of their higher school certificate. Bartercard Sydney has been with the MWLP Linking Youth work placement program since 2016 and welcomes one student each fortnight into their business for hands-on learning.

Students’ tasks include anything from basic data entry to creating marketing campaigns using excel spreadsheets, depending on the skill level of the student. They also get to prepare name tags for events and organise banners. They get to work with all types of businesses, from solicitors to mechanics. It is a great insight for them.

Branch Manager, Shay Voyle sees value for both the business and student. She says “We’ve benefitted greatly from the program over the years and we would encourage our members and all businesses, in fact, to host students. It’s a great way to showcase our industry. We give students an opportunity and we get free assistance with level entry, time consuming tasks.”

Lyndsey Woodberry on left with Shay Voyle

Business of the Month winners are promoted on our website, Facebook and LinkedIn. Their article is published in our monthly e-newsletter which is distributed to hundreds of our stakeholders.

Winners also receive a gift voucher valued at $100.

To find out how your business can become involved in hosting HSC students for week-long work placements, please phone Peter Miller at MWLP on + 61 4625 1863 or email peter.miller@mwlp.com.au

Students require work placement in other areas such as Automotive, Construction, Electro-technology, Entertainment, Hospitality, Human Services, Information & Digital Technology, Metal & Engineering, Primary Industries, Retail and Tourism.

It’s a great way to showcase your business and it’s free.