(L:R) Indigenous School Based Trainees Lisa, Jonah, Kelli, Floyd, Ursula, Kiesha, Ivory and Abbie at end of year graduation ceremony in MAX Solutions National Support Centre.
It has been an important week for students across the nation who are finishing up another schooling year. For the MAX Solutions Indigenous School Based Trainees, it is cause for celebration.
Not only have our trainees successfully completed another schooling year, but they are now nine months into their traineeships as part of the Australian Government’s Jobs, Land and Economy (JLEP) program.
MAX Solutions Managing Director Deborah Homewood says the program has been a great experience for both the trainees and MAX staff.
“The program has been a joy in two ways. The trainees learn about us, but it turns out that we do a lot of learning from them too.
We’re finding out what makes a good work place and some of the things we can do differently. It becomes a two way learning experience.”
The traineeship spans two years in which students gain theoretical and practical skills across a range of MAX corporate teams including Finance, IT, Marketing, Human Resources and Customer Service. At the end of the traineeship, all students are awarded a Certificate III in Business.
In addressing the trainees at the end of year graduation, Ms Homewood said that what started as a traineeship program has become to mean much more than that.
"We consider you part of the MAX family, not school based trainees or people in a program. We consider you part of MAX."
"I hope you take joy in the fact that this is an extension of people who care and everyone here, including myself, will always walk beside you."
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Indigenous Affairs Group Advisor Glen Malthouse understands the importance of seeing the trainees reaching such milestones.
“I see the trainee’s names popping up in our processes and see the hard work they’re putting in every day. Congratulations to the graduating students, it’s a huge effort.”
Indigenous Programs Coordinator Eddie Mills says it’s the partnership between the MAX staff and the trainees that has led to the program being so successful.
“Without our workplace champions, the program wouldn’t be able to work. This is the first time we’ve done this as a company and I’m so proud of it.”
MAX Solutions connects Indigenous mentors to local schools to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander years 10, 11 and 12 students. Students select the vocation they want to pursue and the mentor will link them with a registered training organisation and employer. To find out more contact Eddie.Mills@maxsolutions.com.au.