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TAFE trainees get off to a fine start

A growing number of local employers are choosing TAFE traineeships for their staff, so they receive high-quality, industry-standard training through the college to complement their on-the-job experience in the workplace.

Albany’s Rainbow Child Care Centre Director Caroline Bole advocates TAFE traineeships for the high standard of vocational education her employees receive.

“One of the advantages of using trainees is they train on the job and are mentored by well-educated and qualified staff,” Ms Bole said.

She said the trainee and the employer had good support from TAFE during the traineeship.

“We only use TAFE,” she said.

“We get to know the employees and how they work, and if they are suitable, we can retain them beyond the traineeship,” she said.

“When they have been trained at TAFE, they have a good chance of gaining employment.”

One current team member at the centre is former trainee and South Regional TAFE Great Southern Trainee of the Year Samantha Rogerson.

Samantha, who started her childcare journey as a VET student from high school and gained her Diploma from TAFE last year, said advantages were getting paid for a job she loved while learning, and having time off from work to attend classes.

“It’s wonderful, I would definitely recommend it if it’s offered by the employer,” Samantha said.

She said she was happy to go to work every day, and the best part of the job, apart from the cuddles, was watching the children grow and building relationships with them and their families.

Traineeships are offered in many areas from aged care to automotive and hospitality to horticulture.

To find out more on traineeships for your staff, phone the Albany campus of South Regional TAFE on 6371 3888 or visit the website.

Page last updated August 14, 2020