Careers sorted at apprenticeship expo

Approximately 200 young people, parents and educators attended the recent My Gateway Apprenticeship and Traineeship Information Night, held at Penrith Panthers. They heard from employers, apprentices and experts about why they should consider an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Brad Lackey is in Year 12 at Richmond High and attended the night with his parents, Jennifer and Gavin. He has a passion for Fitting and Machining and is studying Metal & Engineering as part of his HSC. Originally Brad was considering university, but now believes he will follow in his dad’s footsteps and commence an apprenticeship. Brad was linked with My Gateway, who specialises in employing and supporting some 230 apprentices across Sydney and beyond. They suggested he meet with one of their host employers, Baker & Provan, who were very impressed after meeting Brad and an interview has been scheduled.

My Gateway’s Steve Horn, Baker & Provan’s Terry Carabott and Karen Smith with Brad Lackey (l to r)

Brad commented “My main reason for attending was to learn more about how My Gateway operates and bring my parents up to speed with what’s on offer.”

Jennifer, Brad and Gavin Lackey (l to r).

Chloe Hollier and Laura Sligar are both in Year 12 at St. Mary’s Senior High School and attended with Laura’s mum Lisa. Laura said “I wanted to learn more about what options I had and was impressed at how successful apprenticeships and traineeships can be, as opposed to going to uni. There is a bit of a stigma that you should go to uni.”

Lisa and Laura Sligar with Chloe Hollier (l to r)

Both girls are interested in business and were keen to register with My Gateway on the night and possibly attend the next My Gateway Interview Day on 3 October.
Nicholas Hanko attended with mum Elizabeth. Nicholas finished school in 2017 and is working as a casual labourer. His goal is to commence an apprenticeship in Carpentry. Elizabeth found the night helpful. She said “It filled in the gaps for me. It was good as it took away a lot of the unknowns. Nicholas now has an interview lined up and is heading in a really good direction.”

My Gateway CEO Shelley Bullock with Nicholas and Elizabeth Hanko (l to r)

My Gateway’s CEO, Shelley Bullock commented “The night has been a huge success. I’ve just spoken with two parents who were unsure of their son’s futures. They are now at ease having booked into interviews with us and feel they are on the right path. It has been fantastic and is a huge credit to everyone involved.”
MWLP was proud to present the night. CEO Dr. David M Williams AM said “The feedback has been very positive and it is rewarding to see the excitement from students and relief from parents. One major drawcard has been the fact that apprentices and trainees are paid to learn whilst they are employed.”

MWLP CEO Dr David M Williams AM (left) with My Gateway Employment Services Manager Adam Farmer

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About MWLP:
MWLP is a not-for-profit organisation. Its work focuses on improving education and transition outcomes for all young people; especially in preparing them for the world of work, nurturing aspiration, career management and entrepreneurialism, whilst simultaneously addressing the ongoing needs of business.


13 September 2018