June 2008 – Brainwave

Outstanding Business of the Month: Brainwave

Macarthur Workplace Learning Program (MWLP) works with hundreds of Macarthur businesses that provide HSC students with hands on learning in their workplaces.


These businesses share one thing in common – an incredible passion for youth.

Brainwave Learning Centre is no exception. That’s why they’ve been chosen as MWLP’s Local Hero for June. As part of their prize Brainwave Learning Centre will receive extensive media coverage as well as Gold Class movies passes – thanks to Greater Union Macarthur!

Brainwave Learning Centre has provided excellent work placement opportunities for students since they opened their office in Narellan in 2002.Their dedication and support is remarkable. Staff and students are treated with respect and as part of the ‘family’.

This ‘family’ company is owned by Margaret and her husband Graeme Chivers, elder daughter Sarah and her husband Craig Cosis. The younger daughter, Meredith Yates is the National Training Manager.They are all former teachers and their dedication to learning and training is outstanding. Stacie Lander is responsible for the work placement students.

Brainwave Learning Centre is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Employing some 16 staff, they provide traineeships and face to face training.They are involved in first aid training, childrens’ services, aged care work, disability work, home and community care, training and assessment and out of school care. In addition, they run a unique program that exposes 150 preschoolers each week to the kindergarten syllabus.

Owner Margaret says “We commit to giving back to our community. Our background is education and working with MWLP fits perfectly. Seeing students achieve in the workplace – being able to face challenges and conquer deadlines with optimism.Raising self esteem is what it’s all about.”

Margaret believes businesses that take students have access to talented and skilled young people who may one day become a permanent member of their staff.”It is definitely the best way to interview,” Margaret says.

“Brainwave Learning Centre has employed two exceptional students from this program and winning this award is ‘icing on the cake’.It’s tremendous.Thank you MWLP”.

To find out how your business can become involved in hosting HSC students for week-long work placements, please phone Sarah Craig at MWLP on 4625 1863 or emailĀ sarah.craig@mwlp.com.au.In particular, assistance is required from businesses in the areas of Business Services, Information Technology and Construction.


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