Initially commenced in 2001, East Coast Apprenticeship’s STAR Program was rolled out to our branches in 2010 as a work placement opportunity for school-based special needs students, who participate for 2 hours once a week for four weeks.
STAR students are usually sourced from schools with special needs departments and individual special schools that have been contacted by East Coast Apprenticeships. Profoundly, disabled students are given priority.
Participants are placed with East Coast’s administration staff based at designated East Coast branches, whilst undertaking many of the roles associated with general office and reception work in a real work environment. We have extended the Program to include local Ministerial Office of Hon Yvette D’Ath and local member Nikki Boyd.
Students are exposed to a wide range of duties include stapling, laminating, photocopying, file and mail preparation and processing, label making, use of basic computer skills, scanning and filing as well as a range of general office and administration duties that staff may be working on during that time.
Participants have the opportunity to feel they are contributing to the work place and are commended for their efforts in being able to make a difference in a real work environment.
East Coast Apprenticeships has a genuine commitment to provide support to our community. The STAR Program is a unique opportunity for us to offer experiences that young people can draw on for confidence and a broader understanding of the routines in a workplace.
As of February 2018, East Coast Apprenticeships has been able to put 89 students through the STAR program, with all STAR participants being issued with a Certificate of Participation and a T-shirt at the end of their placement period, and the potential of being nominated for the East Coast Apprenticeships STAR Student of the year at our Annual Awards Night.