About Us

MWLP is a not-for-profit organisation, focused on engaging a community of stakeholders to support youth in their personal and professional career development.

What do we do? 

MWLP assists young people to make the successful transition from school to work. We do this by connecting the incredibly important space between schools and the wider world, including business, industry, training organisations, parents & families, three tiers of Government and the broader community.

Our work focuses on preparing young people for the world of work, nurturing aspiration, career management and entrepreneurialism, whilst simultaneously addressing the ongoing needs of business.

Work Placement Program

Our Work Placement program places over 6,500 HSC students into the workforce for week long work placements each year. These students are undertaking VET courses such as:

  • Animal Services
  • Automotive
  • Beauty Services
  • Business Services
  • Community Services
  • Construction
  • Early Childhood
  • Electrotechnology
  • Entertainment
  • Financial Services
  • Fitness
  • Hospitality
  • Human Services
  • Information & Digital Technology
  • Manufacturing & Engineering
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Primary Industries
  • Retail Services
  • Salon Services
  • Sport Coaching
  • Sport & Recreation
  • Tourism & Events

There are many benefits for businesses that take on these students. The students are fully insured and free. 

Click here to find out more about our Work Placement Program.

Entry Level Academy

Our Entry Level Academy (ELA) Program is designed specifically to assist those students who are either disengaged or disengaging at school, and help them transition into meaningful and practical work.

Objectives and outcomes of the ELA program include:

  • Students undertake sessions to assist them in finding where they fit, what matches their interests and to build a solid career plan that the program helps them to initiate.
  • They will learn about and experience a specifically targeted industry (such as Aged Care, Hospitality, Manufacturing and Warehousing/Logistics).
  • Students will participate in practical, pre-vocational courses to help them be ready for what they will experience in the workplace.
  • All participants receive dedicated mentoring and support from the MWLP team and our industry partners.
  • Sessions are held to practice and put into play self-promotion, interviewing skills and dealing with others in the workplace.
  • All participants will be provided with the necessary tickets and qualifications for their chosen field. 

For more information about our next Entry Level Academy contact us.

Meet Our Team


Chief Executive Officer
Dr David M Williams AM
Business Administrator
Deanne Martin
Events & Industry Liaison Officer
Nicole Chesworth
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Jenni Harrington
Manager Work Placement & Industry Engagement
Michael Everett
Work Placement Team Leader
Nicole McGee
Work Placement Coordinator
Courtney Barnes
Work Placement Coordinator
Chantal Ogden
Industry Engagement Officer
Jeanette DallaBona
Industry Engagement Officer
Bridgete Maarabani

Meet Our Board


Chair
Shelley Bullock

Chief Executive Officer
My Gateway

Treasurer
Estrella Garcia

Chartered Accountant

Board Member
Graziella Crapis

Education Officer, Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Sydney Catholic Schools, Inner West Region

Board Member
Donna Ferrett
Board Member
Lyn Kenny

Senior Pathways Advisor
NSW Department of Education

Board Member
Brad Mitchell

Principal
Oran Park High School

Board Member
Steven Varrica

General Manager
Sevaan Group

Board Member
Jon Prior

Partnerships Manager
NSW Business Chamber

Board Member
Daniel Friend

Senior Associate
Marsdens Law Group

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