December 2013 – Phoenix Aluminium

Phoenix Aluminium are window manufacturers located in Ingleburn.  Established in 1975 and employing a staff of eight, they make and install commercial aluminium windows and doors of all descriptions.

They have been offering Year 11 and 12 students weekly work placements in their factory since 2010.  These students are studying Metal & Engineering as part of their Higher School Certificate and it is compulsory for these students to undertake a successful placement.

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Owner Geoff Dick is passionate about Macarthur’s youth and believes it is important for students to get a feel for working life and the industry they are interested in.  Students get to drill aluminium, assemble windows and learn about workplace safety.

Geoff has had some great students and if he had a vacancy he wouldn’t hesitate to offer them an apprenticeship.  One such student noticed they didn’t have a letter box (as most mail was sent via the Post Office Box) so he designed and built one.  Now that is enterprising!

Geoff has some advice for businesses not yet involved in the program “Get in and have a go.  It can be very rewarding. MWLP takes care of everything.  They are professional and phone me every Friday to see how the student, for that week, has gone.”

As this month’s outstanding winner, Phoenix Aluminium will receive profiling in the Macarthur Chronicle, one month’s free advertising on C91.3FM, exposure on and thanks to United Cinemas Narellan, Grand Seating movie tickets.

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 4625 1863 or email

Areas of interest other than Metal & Engineering are Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Entertainment, Financial Services, Hospitality, Information Technology, Primary Industries, Retail and Tourism.

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

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