“Before I got the traineeship, I was just being a teenager and sitting around at home,” Sharona said. “I needed to get out of that habit and my Mum was on my case to get a job.”
Sharona started her traineeship at ChemCentre on 6 July 2015. Under the traineeship program, trainees are placed at organisations close to where they live and undertake study leading to a Certificate of Government.
“When I applied for the traineeship, I didn’t really think I’d get it. Then when I got it, I didn’t really think I’d be able to see it through. I’d started a couple of things before but hadn’t been able to stick with them. I didn’t finish high school and I was really stuck.
“The traineeship has been great. I’ve learnt so much. I’ve learnt how to use a computer a lot better; I know how to process stuff now.
“I liked working in HR best. I liked having specific tasks to do and being able to get on and do them. I also worked on reception and in accounts.”
Sharona’s twelve-month traineeship at ChemCentre ends in early July and she has successfully obtained her Cert III in Government. She will stay at ChemCentre on a short-term contract until the end of August. ChemCentre Human Resources Manager Ian Miller said he would have liked to have been able to offer Sharona a longer term position.
“Sharona has been brilliant,” Ian said. “She’s very clever and has picked things up very quickly. She’s also very personable and gets on well with everyone. It would be great to be able to keep her on for longer.”
ChemCentre has taken trainees under the Public Sector Commission’s Aboriginal Traineeship program for several years now. It is an entry level program that aims to give the trainee a start. The Public Sector Commission pays the trainee’s wage while the placement organisation, in this case ChemCentre, provides mentoring and coaching.
“For a small organisation like ChemCentre, the additional help is very beneficial,” Ian said. “It also fits well with our ethos of supporting indigenous people, along with our Aboriginal scholarship.
“We’ve had some very good trainees come through the program; Sharona is certainly one of the best. We’ll miss her when she goes and wish her all the best.”
Sharona is positive about her future and is considering her options.
“There’s no going back for me now,” she said. “I’d like to study more and get more qualified but I’d also like to get a job to earn money. I’ll see what comes up.”