In 2020, Jarius Hoffman moved from his hometown in Katherine, NT to study a Bachelor of Science at Griffith University in Brisbane.
It was a new adventure. But within a few short months COVID dominated headlines, and lockdown took on a whole new meaning. With his on-campus study plans cut short and a move back home on the cards, Jarius found his motivation waning, until a new kind of opportunity presented itself.
Determined to get his career on track, Jarius turned to his family for advice. Through his aunt he heard that local company, Technip Energies, was
searching for graduate level talent for traineeship roles based in Perth.
“The biggest thing that appealed to me about a traineeship was being able to study and get hands-on work experience at the same time,” Jarius said.
Technip Energies, a global engineering and technology player, engaged MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees to select and provide expert support for the trainee role. Their search ended when MIGAS introduced them to Jarius.
“Jarius was a stand-out candidate and we felt that he would be the right fit for Technip,” Ashley Lomas, Jarius’s workplace supervisor said.
As an Assistant Procurement Officer, Jarius is learning about different parts of the business and its systems. The traineeship competencies and practical role responsibilities were intentionally designed to provide a range of experiences that will enable Jarius to make an informed decision about his future career path.
“My Certificate III in Business studies with MiTraining have been a good opportunity for me to build up my skillset and apply new learning to my workplace,” Jarius said.
MiTraining is part of the MIGAS group of companies and a leading provider of traineeships qualifications with specialisations in various business streams. Delivery is available fully online supported by workplace-based assessments.
Supervisor, Ashley, has also found the skills and knowledge taught in the traineeship qualification have permeated through the rest of the team with
Jarius teaching existing staff updated ways of working.
“A large part of Jarius’s job is using our systems,” Ashley said. “From day one he’s been enthusiastic to learn his role and build relationships with others.
“He has freed up time for other employees to focus on their responsibilities and we are loving the fresh perspectives he is bringing to our workplace.”
Now well into his business traineeship, Jarius was recently announced as a MiScholarship recipient, recognising his outstanding performance on-the-job and in his studies.
MiTraining General Manager, Stacey Wallace, said Jarius’s traineeship experience is echoed in the most recent Vocational Education and Training (VET) research.
“According to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), VET qualifications enable new workers to hit the ground running when entering occupations compared with those with higher education qualifications.
“VET graduates have more experience in using tools, equipment, and software in their courses,” Stacey said.
“We are seeing more employers using traineeships to attract and retain talent in this tight job market. The combination of on-the-job effort and formal learning offered by the traineeship model drives innovation, critical thinking, and is a competitive advantage for organisations looking to secure their talent pipeline.”
The Certificate III in Business offers a range of elective specialisations in general administration, customer engagement, records management and medical administration.
The elective units in the qualification are structured to provide learners with specific, practical skills in these specialisations, and aligned to the
needs of the employer.
“This is MiTraining’s point of difference in this space. We consult with both the learner and the employer to ensure the underpinning skills and knowledge of the training actually equip the trainee to make a real and productive contribution in the workplace,” Stacey said.
“Our trainees are working within finance, payroll, human resources, IT, administration and knowledge management teams across variety of industries – and often lead to ongoing employment.”
And, as for Jarius…
"Technip is a widespread company, and they are expanding nationwide. I’m looking forward to staying with them for a number of years, moving on to a Certificate IV, and eventually a Diploma to further advance my career," he said.