Traineeships provide valuable skills and qualifications to the trainees but they are also providing value to businesses and our community.
Cooroy SUPA IGA and Pomona IGA have had trainees for over a decade in that time have had around 100 trainees through the system and they attest to the value it provides.
“Traineeships provide trainees with a better all-round knowledge of our business, a feeling of being part of a team, and it provides skills for their future. Providing these types of opportunities for our local youth is part of our commitment to giving back to our local community,” explained Lisa Smith, HR Manager of Cooroy Supa IGA & Pomona IGA.
Jessica Axiak who is nearly finished her traineeship and works on registers said, “I’ve really enjoyed the traineeship program. It helps with points for QCE and the knowledge and experience I’ve gained will be valuable for my future.”
Naomi Mayfield who works in the fruit and vegetable and grocery sections and finished her traineeship a few months ago added, “Jess and I were in the same class at Noosa District State High School so we were able to give each other support throughout the program which was great.”
“We actually chose Regional Training Services Queensland to provide our traineeships because they are one of the few organisations that deliver the training face to face. Most training organisations have moved to an online platform and it just wasn’t as effective for us. We’ve got a great business relationship with them and the trainees get a lot of support from their trainers,” added Lisa Smith.
Harriet Stanfield who started her traineeship when at Noosa Christian College and completed it at Good Sheppard said, “I like the fact that it isn’t an online course and we have a trainer to talk to. I prefer to read and write things down to learn and we also get to keep the workbooks so that means we can refer back to them in the future.”
The completion rate of trainees through Regional Training Services is twice that of the state average. Regional Training Services Queensland Managing Director, David Asher puts that down to the way they deliver the training.
“We believe we have such success with our traineeships because of our trainers who establish great rapport with the trainees. If a trainee has a problem or needs assistance the trainer can provide early intervention to help them through,” explained David Asher, Regional Training Services Managing Director.
Dylan Hafey finished his traineeship 2 years ago and still works at Pomona IGA in the meat section and customer service was positive about the support from the trainers too, “Our trainer, Linda Cullen is so helpful and supported me in the program and she was really flexible with doing extra units.”
Traineeships are a combination of earning and learning and start in year 10 or 11 with students conducting 50 days of at work training per year over two years. They are recognised as one of the best ways an employee can achieve a nationally recognised qualification. There are traineeships available in Business, Business Administration, Hospitality, Outdoor Power Equipment, Retail and Tourism. Generous government incentives may be available for employers of eligible trainees also.
If you’d like to find out more about having trainees in your business contact Regional Training Services Queensland Pty Ltd on 5481 2486.