Brian Ravenscroft is employed by the Government of Western Australia within the Department of Commerce and Labour Relations. His time with the Year 11 & 12 students was designed to provide important information and guidance about the ways to protect themselves, as well as advising of a free teaching resource available to new employees.
Whilst at the College, Brian distributed material to help the students determine if their pay rates were fair. WA Paychecker is an online wages calculator that helps workers determine if pay and conditions are as they should be. It asks questions about the hours worked and the benefits received, and then calculates what the pay rate should be under the State award. For someone entering the workforce for the first time, it was valuable information. This resource is available at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/WAPayChecker
Additionally, the ‘Your First Job’ teaching module was explained and a brochure was given detailing the benefits of participating. This can be found at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/labourrelations/yourfirstjob
This visit was organised as part of the Careers guidance offered by the College. Staff wish to ensure that whether a student pursues tertiary studies, TAFE training, or enters directly into the workforce, that they are as prepared as they can be.
The morning was extremely beneficial to the participants, and it is sure to have provided a sense of confidence amongst these senior students.