WesCEF traineeship makes Brittany SMYL

WesCEF Trainee Brittany Dalgetty

WesCEF Trainee Brittany Dalgetty

‘Variety’ is the first word that comes to mind for Brittany Dalgetty when asked to describe her traineeship at WesCEF. The friendly 18-year-old is WesCEF’s newest administration team member based at Murdoch reception.

In November 2016, Brittany commenced a 12-month Traineeship in Cert III in Business with Time Training, completing her work experience at WesCEF.  

“I had no idea what I wanted to do after school, but I knew I wanted to gain experience in reception and administration,” she said.

As well as being the smiling face that greets visitors, Brittany is building her skills in other areas of the team including helping out the mailroom, processing invoices, arranging building maintenance and assisting employees with day-to-day bookings and queries.

Brittany attributes her new-found confidence to the traineeship opportunity.

“One of the biggest challenges about working on reception was facing my shyness,” she said.

“I am proud of achieving a fulltime traineeship with WesCEF; it helped me finish my schooling and gave me the confidence to deal with difficult situations along the way.”

Brittany’s manager Ann Chappell echoes her sentiments.

“Brittany’s confidence has flourished and willingness to learn makes her a valued team member,” she said.

Brittany was offered her opportunity through WesCEF’s partnership with South Metro Youth Link (SMYL) Community Services, a not-for-profit service provider supporting people and communities to make positive changes for their future.

WesCEF and SMYL joined forces in 2014 with the aim of supporting Aboriginal youth in the Kwinana/Rockingham area to build future capability and workplace experience through school-based traineeships.

Since then, five senior high school students have participated school-based traineeships including Brittany, who completed a part-time traineeship on reception at CSBP and Murdoch while she finished school, moving to her current, full-time traineeship after she graduated Year 12.  

384 reasons to celebrate

WesCEF’s long-standing association with Australia’s Clontarf Foundation shines through in its 2016 end of year report.

WesCEF has been involved with the Clontarf Foundation since 2005, a relationship that continues through the provision of student places at Gilmore Academy, in-kind contributions and the generous support of our employees at WesCEF, CSBP and Kleenheat.

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WesCEF Aboriginal Development Consultant Noelene Mantellato said Clontarf provides an important school-engagement mechanism for many at-risk Aboriginal boys who would otherwise not attend or have low school attendance.

“Our association with the Foundation aims to support improvement in education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects so these kids are better equipped to interact with and contribute to the social, economic and cultural life around them,” said Ms Mantellato.

The Foundation’s graduating students were drawn from 84 Academies across Australia, with 384 Year 12 students completing their studies in 2016. The students from will join a growing cohort of 2,286 graduates since the Foundation opened its doors in 2000.

The Foundation’s graduating students were drawn from 84 Academies across Australia, with 384 Year 12 students completing their studies in 2016. The students from will join a growing cohort of 2,286 graduates since the Foundation opened its doors in 2000.

As part of the partnership, WesCEF also participates in Clontarf events such as the annual Employment Forum, hosting workplace tours for Clontarf students, and providing development opportunities including participation in work experience and school-based traineeships.

According figures in the report, there are 4,446 Clontarf Foundation students in 84 schools across five state and territories.  

Building tomorrow's bright sparx

Students from Rockingham Senior High School have unleashed their inner scientists as part of the inaugural iCAREER Bright Sparx Club.

Developed in partnership with The Kwinana Industries Council (KIC) and Murdoch University, the recently launched after school club forms the newest part of WesCEF’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM) initiative

The Program gives 20 students in Years 8-9 the opportunity to raise their confidence and aspirations while building their awareness of STEM careers.

Over ten weeks the students will participate in a range of STEM based activities including an excursion to CSBP and Murdoch University.

Chris Oughton, Director, KIC said the iCAREER Project demonstrated KIC’s commitment towards providing ongoing opportunities for students in the local region.

“This newest component of our Education Development Program is deliberately targeting the younger students who want to put that extra bit of effort in now, so that they can really focus on what course subjects they will put their energies into during their high school years.”

Ian Hansen, WesCEF Chief Operating Officer, said that WesCEF was proud to partner with KIC and Murdoch University to develop the inaugural Bright Sparx Club.

“The demand for STEM-related skills has always been high in industry, so programs like the Bright Sparx Club are vital to foster a love of learning in STEM subjects.

This initiative will also facilitate and important and necessary link between the subjects taught at school and real-life careers.”

iCAREER Bright Sparx Club participants and dignitaries from WesCEF, KIC Mudoch University

iMen get a taste for innovation

iMen get a taste for innovation

A showcase of innovative technology used at CSBP and Kleenheat, which form part of Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers (WesCEF), ignited the curiosity of 32 students on a recent site tour. Demonstrations of drones, virtual reality and robots highlighted WesCEF’s commitment to innovation and encouragement for the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). 

Sale of east coast LPG operations

Kleenheat Gas has agreed to the sale of its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) distribution business in Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, and Tasmania to Elgas Limited.

The sale agreement includes Kleenheat Gas’ customer and supplier lists, contracts and assets associated with the company’s LPG distribution business in these states.