Local retailer sets students on right career path

Best & Less Macarthur Square has been offering students in Years 11 and 12 valuable work placements since 2002.

Every week since, one student has had the opportunity to work in the store and put what they are learning in the classroom to good use in the store.

These students are studying Retail as part of their Higher School Certificate and work placement is a compulsory requirement. Without the commitment from outstanding hosts like Best & Less Macarthur Square, these students would not be awarded their HSC.

Biljana Omcikus commenced with Best & Less 13 years ago on the shop floor and has progressed through the company to Store Manager. She is passionate about our youth and providing them with opportunity.

She treats the students as team members. They work the same hours and share the same breaks and get to attend the team meetings.

Biljana is a wonderful advocate of the work placement providers. She says “MWLP Linking Youth take care of everything. There is not a lot of paperwork, making everything streamlined. We get all the support we need. I really like receiving the calendars notifying me of who and when students are starting. I like to meet with the students, before they commence, to get an idea of where they would be best suited.”

Store Manager Biljana Omcikus (right) with Assistant Store Manager Cassie Murray

The students’ tasks include customer service, fitting room service, stock merchandising and presentation.

Biljana adds “Seeing the difference in students from day one to day five is very rewarding. It is the best way to interview. We have hired plenty of casuals through the program. Not only do we get to assess the students for attitude and initiative, we get an extra pair of hands to assist us in our busy store.”

The students get vital on the job experience necessary to pass their HSC and attain their Certificate III in Retail Operations.

MWLP’s Work Placement Consultant for Industry, Peter Miller says “We have over 500 businesses that between them host some 6,000 students each year and without the commitment from enthusiastic Managers like Biljana this valuable program wouldn’t exist.”

If your business would like to know how the work placement program can assist you visit www.mwlp.com.au or phone MWLP on 4625 1863. The students are fully insured and free.

About MWLP Linking Youth:

MWLP is a not-for-profit community 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.

Media relations contact: Sue Scobie Ph 0438 046 293 or email sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au


19 October 2018