The Apprentice Employment Network WA (AEN WA) has recognised Schlam as one of the year's host employers at their recent AEN WA Awards.
The AEN WA 2020 Awards of Excellence recognise outstanding achievements in the vocational education and training sector. The awards reward and honour the accomplishments of member group training organisation apprentices, trainees, and host employers.
Schlam and other host companies were thanked by The Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC, Minister for Education and Training, and The Hon Steve Irons MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships on the night.
While not walking away with the top award, Colleen Bartle said it was good to be nominated.
“We’re truly honoured for being recognised for our apprentice program. But, more than that, we’re grateful that we’ve had the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of many talented young people,” said Colleen who was there on the evening representing Schlam.
Schlam has had a dedicated apprenticeship program at the Waroona branch, which employs and trains local youth, giving them a pathway into the resources sector.
More recently that program has been extended to include an HD mechanic apprentice in the Pilbara.
To date, over 30 apprentices have been through this program, including apprentices and trainees spread across various departments of the business, including administration, projects, fabrication, and welding.
“It’s been a blessing to see these extraordinary people grow, learn and become confident in their trades. And I am humbled to be part of it,” said Colleen.
Steph Adlam from The Apprentice & Traineeship Company said Schlam was nominated for Host Employer of the Year because of their apprenticeship program and their dedication to employing and training local youth.
“The Apprentice & Traineeship Company enjoys a great working relationship with Schlam and has done so over many years because of the shared vision and values."
“When it comes to training and retaining apprentices and trainees, we work closely together to achieve the best possible outcomes,” said Steph.