16 April 2019
At Premier Workplace Solutions (PWS), bringing new apprentices and trainees on board takes on greater meaning than simply hiring new staff.
Dalton, Tegan and Jesse are the My Gateway apprentices and trainees at PWS. Photo credit: My Gateway.
“PWS looks for apprentices and trainees that may not have had the best start to life,” explained Grant Daniels, Warehouse & Operations Manager.
“[Those] who have struggled at school and want to be accepted by people other than their family. People that want to be shown gratitude and appreciation after doing a hard day’s work.”
The Australian-owned business provides a broad range of safety products and services to many clients across the country. Since its inception in 2002, PWS has serviced several industries including mining, transport and logistics, retail and property management.
The business has three branches, with the My Gateway apprentices and trainees based at the New South Wales site in Ingleburn. The other two sites are in Queensland and Western Australia.
PWS currently hosts three My Gateway apprentices and trainees, each being employed in very different roles – boilermaking, business administration and warehousing. The business has partnered with My Gateway since 2010.
The three employees, hard at work. Photo credit: My Gateway.
Grant believes it’s the attitude of these young employees that makes them suitable for PWS.
“It’s their willingness to listen and learn, and to achieve the very best outcome for themselves.”
These are also important traits for any aspiring apprentices and trainees who want to work at PWS or in the manufacturing and logistics world, according to Grant.
“They need to be willing to listen and learn at what is being taught to them, and to also be prepared to work very bloody hard when it is required.”
The partnership between PWS and My Gateway is also an example of looking at the bigger picture. In this case, that picture being the Australian workforce.
“PWS needs to continually employ apprentices every four years to continue to build the workforce when the current apprentices fulfil their apprenticeships and become tradesmen,” said Grant.
“PWS also thrives on taking on apprentices and trainees, so we can help nurture them into becoming men and women who can go out into the big, wide world of employment and work with larger companies to fulfil their dreams.”