Business of the Month March 2019

Arex Engineering is located in Picton and has been established since 1989. They specialise in engineering, manufacturing, welding and fabrication.

They enjoy giving back to the community and showcasing their industry to young people. That’s why they have been offering work placement to students since 2002. These students are in either year 11 or 12 and studying Metal & Engineering as part of their Higher School Certificate.

One student each week is given the opportunity to put what they are learning in the classroom to good use in the factory. They get to drill holes in metal, assist welders with cutting and grinding, observe programming of the machines, use cranes to move material and assist the spray painters with taping. The students are often given small projects to do like making dustpans for the workshop.

Carmen Thomas, Office Manager enjoys hosting the students. She says “It is definitely a win/win for both sides. There is definitely a downturn in our industry with a lot of manufacturing work going to China, but we still need to be introducing young people to our trade.

Carmen has a message for businesses that aren’t involved in work placement. “I encourage businesses to give it a go. You could end up finding a good employee.”

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 either Michael Everett or Peter Miller at MWLP on + 61 4625 1863 or email

Students require work placement in other areas such as Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Electrotechnology, Entertainment, Hospitality, Human Services, Information & Digital Technology, Primary Industries, Retail and Tourism.

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