Industry experience gets students careers moving

A hands-on Challenger Institute of Technology training course has seen a group of Safety Bay Senior High School students get a taste for working life in the Transport and Logistics industry.

The course was designed to engage year eleven and twelve students and encourage them to consider the industry as a possible career path by attending class based on-campus activities and then undertaking industry placement in local businesses in the Rockingham area.

Students were allocated placements at The Good Guys, Blackwoods, Covs, Rockingham Hyundai/Suzuki, Toll Ipec and Veale Auto Parts.

Sherrell Crisp, a Program Manager at Challenger Institute said that the feedback and support that the students received from local industry has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Some employers were a little nervous at the tasks required by student placements. However, once the students came on board they were set very clear tasks with defined outcomes. The students stepped up to the plate very quickly,” Crisp said.

Local retailer Gino Cafini from The Good Guys in Rockingham said that they would like to take part again next year. He said it was rewarding seeing their student placement Sarah Murphy come out of her shell and develop her confidence in the workplace.

“Sarah was initially quite shy when she started but quickly integrated into the role, developing both practical warehousing skills as well as life skills,” Cafini said.

Cafini said the program also had a beneficial impact on the employees at The Good Guys. “There was a sense of camaraderie amongst the team as they showed Sarah the ropes. You could really notice the team lifted and they were genuinely proud to teach and show her what the Transport & Logistics industry is all about,” he said.

Due to the success of the course Challenger Institute is looking to expand the course to also take in businesses from the Mandurah area.

The students now hold a Certificate I in Transport and Logistics.


Photo: Sarah Murphy holds her certificate, with Dave Noota (left) and Gino Cafini (right) from The Good Guys.

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