17 December 2019
Commitment from our Apprentices, Trainees and Host Businesses
Once again, our apprentices and trainees have worked very hard this year and we have seen many of them shine in their roles.
In 2019, we hired and helped 142 young (and some mature aged) people start their dream careers via an apprenticeship or traineeship. Those 142 new My Gateway employees included 80 new apprentices and 62 new trainees placed within our host network across Sydney and supported by our team for the duration of their training. In addition we also celebrated with every one of the 44 apprentices and 36 trainees that successfully completed their qualifications this year. Four of these apprentices graduated with dual trades. Well done!
Several My Gateway apprentices and trainees were recognised by industry for their efforts this year. In June, apprentices Bryton Noble (host: Decouper Onsite) and Philip Joseph (host: CJD Equipment) were finalists in the Apprentice of the Year category at the NSW Training Awards – Southern & South Western Sydney Region. Bryton was nominated again a few months later for Apprentice of the Year at the Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT Group Training Awards. Two other My Gateway employees were also finalists – Matthew Micallef (host: CJD Equipment) and Lachlan Cato (host: Campbelltown City Council).
Our annual Apprentice & Trainee Awards were again a success, with over 270 guests attending the event at Ottimo House in November. Congratulations to each of the winners, including Apprentice of the Year, Josiah Odonga (host: Icon Co.) and Trainee of the Year, Mikayla Gauci (host: Camden Council).
We would like to thank each of our apprentices and trainees for their commitment to their jobs in 2019. We would also like to thank each of our host businesses for their continued support of apprentices and trainees.
Josiah Odonga (hosted to Icon Co.) was our Overall Apprentice of the Year, while Mikayla Gauci (hosted to Camden Council) won the Overall Trainee of the Year award.
New Programs and Initiatives Launched
Trade Engagement Program
This year, My Gateway launched its Trade Engagement Program, piloting the new initiative with trade-minded students from Camden High School. Each term, the students engaged with a different trade with support from TAFE NSW Campbelltown and Bunnings Narellan, as well as undergoing work experience. The growth and development the students displayed throughout the program was enormous, with many highlights throughout the year, including a special cubby house that the students built for WILMA Women’s Health Centre.
A graduation ceremony was held for the students recently, with nine of the program participants already landing full-time apprenticeships!
School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs)
My Gateway also launched its School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs) program this year. While a lot of the focus on the program has been to employ students in school-based positions for 2020, we were able to place four students this year – three apprentices and one trainee. We highlighted the stories of Chloe Vanderstraaten and Jackson Parker earlier this year, our first official SBATs!
We have also begun employing a handful of SBATs for 2020 so watch this space!
Chloe Vanderstraaten and Jackson Parker began their school based apprenticeships and traineeships in 2019.
Ladies Can Be Tradies
On International Women’s Day 2019, My Gateway launched its Ladies Can Be Tradies initiative. The aim of the initiative is to raise more awareness around women working in non-traditional trades such as construction carpentry, electrical, engineering and horticulture. We shared the stories of our current female apprentices and held a special information night for schools to encourage young women to follow the trades of their dreams. We look forward to sharing more stories in 2020 as we bring on more female apprentices!