Eleesha Spargo: School-based traineeship finalist in WA Training Awards

9 September 2019

Eleesha Spargo, School-based trainee
In 2017, Eleesha Spargo embarked on her journey in the Public Sector Commission’s school-based traineeship initiative, working part-time at the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board while completing high school.
Fast forward to today and Eleesha has been acknowledged for her efforts during the traineeship and has been selected as a finalist for the WA Training Awards, in the WA School-based Apprenticeship of the Year 2019 category. 
The WA Training Awards is in its 25th year and recognises the achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students.
Winners of 13 categories will be announced at a presentation dinner on Friday 13 September and Eleesha is proud to be selected as a finalist.
“It is rewarding to be recognised and know that I have gotten this far in the program due to my efforts and knowledge,” Eleesha says.
The initiative provides benefits for agencies and students alike. Agencies have the opportunity to employ trainees with innovative ideas, while students gain experience working in the public sector while completing a Certificate II in Government (Public Administration).
Eleesha has worked across several areas at the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, including knowledge management, planning and operations, and human resources. 
In her role, she has coordinated internal staff events such as NAIDOC Week and R U OK? Day, assisted the Cemetery Planning and Development Officer in mapping out redevelopment areas, and worked on an audit in occupational safety and health.
“I gained my footing and have learned a lot.
“I can walk in every day and know that I am a valued member of the team,” Eleesha says. 
Eleesha would “love to work within the government sector” and draws on the words of a previous supervisor as she readies herself for the next chapter in her life.
“Never stop learning. Try and achieve more wherever you can – whether it be in training or education.
“Thank you to my supervisors and to the Public Sector Commission for offering the school-based traineeship.”
More information:
For agencies:
You can submit a request to employ a school-based trainee for the 2020/2021 intake by Friday 27 September. More information can be found here.
For current year 10 students: 
There is still time to apply for the public sector school-based traineeship initiative for 2020-2021. Submit your application here by 6.00pm Friday 27 September 2019.

Page last updated 11 September 2019