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Pindan supports Indigenous youth in collaboration with SMYL Community Services

Date Published: 16/05/2017

Pindan, together with SMYL Community Services Pilbara Region, is proud to be supporting youth in regional West Australia by hiring two school-based trainees at the Karratha based Pindan office.

SMYL works with over 170 schools across WA to identify eligible students and match them with appropriate host employer businesses from across a broad range of industries.

With an established track record in assisting West Australian communities, through the provision of education, training and transition to employment services for nearly two decades, SMYL hosts hundreds of year 11 and 12 high school students in West Australia to embark on their chosen career pathways through to the Aboriginal School Based Trainee Program (ABST).

Trainees Tysha Sambo and Connor Bruce commenced their traineeships in Term 2 and are attending the Pindan office in Karratha one day a week. Pindan manages and performs contracted maintenance works on 7,500 houses across the mid-west, Gascoyne and Pilbara regions of Western Australia.

Tysha is studying towards a Certificate II in Business and will be office based focused on administration tasks. Tysha said her goal is to complete the traineeship from SMYL at Pindan to gain the skills and experience needed for full time employment in the future.

“One day I would like to own my own business and learning these important skills now in the traineeship will help me to build my confidence and achieve my goals for the future,” she added.

Connor is working towards a Certificate II in Building and Construction and will be based on site exposed to all trades except for electrical.

“I am very grateful and excited about the traineeship I am doing at Pindan in Karratha through SMYL,” said Connor.

“To learn new skills and to be involved in a team is a great opportunity for now and for future employment. One day I would like to own my own business and learning these skills now in the traineeship will help me achieve my goals,” he added.

Mia Zaknich is SMYL's Field Officer who is located in Karratha and manages ASBT's who live in Karratha, Wickham and Roebourne. Mia knows first hand just what an impact the SMYL program can have on Aboriginal youth.

As SMYL’s very first Aboriginal school based trainee in 1998 and 1999, I can relate to the trainees from my own experience successfully moving through the program 18 years ago.”

She added, “My role is to mentor trainees and proactively engage with schools, extended family and their support networks. I am delighted to continue the important work the ABST program provides Indigenous youth today.”

Pindan HR Manager, Lynn Hanich, said “Investing in traineeships provides industry opportunities and pathways for all youth, ensuring the benefits of our business are shared.” “The program provides a stepping-stone to an apprenticeship with Pindan and an opportunity to cultivate a long term relationship between Pindan and the trainee,” she added.


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