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HOST A TALENTED
Help nurture the future generation of HR
practitioners by hosting a promising HR student
in your organisation with AHRI’s Work Experience
Placement Program (WEPP). Applications from
organisations and students close on Friday 11 May.
“It is an
to share your
help shape HR
who will one
day be working
ALISON MCKENZIE MAHRI
WORKING UP STEAM
teamatic is a commercial, industrial
and domestic cleaning and restoration
company based in Victoria.
The company teamed up with the Australian
HR Institute’s work experience placement
program to offer students exposure to working
in day-to-day HR.
Alison McKenzie, workplace health and
safety and HR coordinator, says that without
such exposure, “it can be challenging for
graduates to gain this level of experience when
stepping into a junior H R position”.
But for her it’s also about companies giving
back to the next generation.
“This isn’t just about having an ex tra set
of hands on deck. Think back to when you
were starting your career and how much you
appreciated and benefitted from this type of
mentoring and work experience,” she says.
“I would recommend this kind of placement
as it is an opportunity to share your knowledge
and help shape the HR professionals who will
one day be working alongside you.”
Divya Ravinthiran and Malika Chanday
were keen to build on the skills they had been
taught for their HR degrees. Chanday had
done a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in HR
management, international management, and
management, while Ravinthiran studied for a
Bachelor of Science, majoring in psychology.
Ravinthiran worked full-time for three
weeks with Steamatic, whereas Chanday chose
to spread her work experience over five weeks,
working three days a week.
CASE STUDY: STEAMATIC
process was the survey questions she generated
to gain feedback. She then used that data to
navigate around areas of improvement for
“Divya presented a variety of recruitment
drive ideas to senior management. When I
looked around the boardroom during her
presentation, every manager started to nod in
agreement with her fresh concepts. She’d aced it
before she was even finished.”
McKenzie’s advice to other SMEs is to
embrace the AHRI program wholeheartedly.
And the students are in full agreement.
“In the current climate, access to senior
professionals who are willing to share
their time and knowledge is very rare, so
this placement program is extremely valuable,”
“ What I learned in my books is very different
to the actual workplace experience,” adds
Chanday. “Theoretical knowledge alone will
never help students to succeed. The practical
workplace experience is crucial for anyone who
wants to pursue their career in this field.
I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.” •••
Alison McKenzie MAHRI, right, HR coordinator at Steamatic directs student Malika Chanday
“I was given information about recruitment
trends the company was experiencing and
needed to come up with ideas on how Steamatic
could better utilise social media to attract its
ideal employee,” says Ravinthiran.
“I decided to research recruitment techniques
utilised by companies that were attracting top
talent, and also research social media marketing
trends to develop ideas that Steamatic would be
able to implement easily.”
Her completed report was submitted to the
marketing manager and formed part of a board
meeting presentation. The project helped to
reinforce the importance of recruitment in HR
as a method of enhancing business outcomes
and improving company culture.
Chanday’s project centred around creating a
health and wellbeing program at Steamatic. The
objective was to analyse employee needs and
create a program that would engage the staff.
Completing the project opened up a whole
area of interest that Chanday now wants to
explore fu rther.
“Unexpectedly, I really enjoyed the workplace
health and safety accountabilities, and working
on policies and procedu res to ensure they’re
aligned to current legislation.”
For McKenzie, the experience was all
positive. “I was not only impressed with the
work Divya and Malika produced, but I was
also blown away by how adaptable, eager to
learn and solid their work ethic was from day
one of the program,” she says.
“Malika’s work on a proposal given to senior
management was a key component in the
project, and a stand-out moment during that
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