Traineeships: A Mother's Perspective

We want to wish all Mum’s a very happy Mother’s Day this Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to show our appreciation for all that our Mum’s do for us that sets us up for life and helps to make us who we are. Through our trainees we’re privileged to meet some pretty amazing mum’s who care deeply about the path their children take in life, who want to see them fully utilise their skills in meaningful employment, not just a job. The IT industry is an ideal place for many kids who have specialised skills but don’t fit the high school to university mould. And they don’t need to. We’re proud to provide traineeships that allow kids like David and Sean to thrive.  And who better to tell us how that feels than two of those amazing mum’s:

David and his mum Jennifer2

From Jennifer: As David’s mother, I am extremely proud of his achievement and grateful for the training and support that WorkVentures has given him to be able to gain employment in the IT industry. David has always been interested in and able to effortlessly pick up new technologies. He is incredibly focussed and has an eye for detail so software testing is a fantastic match for his skills. I can’t wait to watch his career in this very exciting industry.

Sean27sG27DayUSA2From Fiona: An I.T. Traineeship is all my son, Sean, has wanted since Year 9. His choice of subjects at school, his part  time study at TAFE and volunteering last year were all aimed at that yet his Disability Employment Service told him to give up TAFE for a two  day per week labouring job which they admitted was on the basis  of his being 18 years old, without a back injury. In front of his  father, they told Sean it would be a long time before he’d get an  office job and  they tried to tell me  that  he would “never get a job  in I.T.”  Never suggest to the mother of a young person with a “disability” that there is anything their child cannot do!

Sean LOVES his position in the Call Centre at WorkVentures He gets home exhausted, many times with stories of stressful days and sometimes upset that he has made costly mistakes AND I could not possibly be any prouder of him.  I know that mistakes are the foundation of valuable learning.  I watch him catch the early train just to make sure he gets to work on time.  Every day my son leaves the house smiling, a young man walking tall and proud in his Connect I.T. polo shirt and nearly six months into his IT Traineeship, that still sometimes brings a tear to my eye.


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