About Us

Creating Opportunity for Young People 

Helping young people make the transition through school and from school to work, further education and training.

Illawarra Schools Workplace Learning Program Incorporated (Workplace Learning) has been in operation since 1997.

We provide services and programs that increase individual employability skills, through coordination, advice and mentoring, giving young people the highest possible chance of success. This includes identifying existing skills and career interests, as well as any barriers to engaging in education, training or employment. We are a not-for-profit locally-based organisation servicing the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven and Far South Coast, with offices in Wollongong, Nowra and Merimbula.

Building confidence and shaping career aspirations while creating an understanding of workplace needs and expectations.

Staff

We work collaboratively with local business and industry, education providers, government agencies and community organisations to provide young people with meaningful work, career and personal development opportunities.

Marty Burgess

CEO

Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven & South Coast

Linda Hawkins

School – Business Partnership Manager & Team Leader

Shoalhaven & South Coast

Abbey Hartgrove

School – Business Partnership Manager & Team Leader

Illawarra & Southern Highlands

Jarrett Austin

Manager Compliance and Finance

Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven & South Coast

Ella Burton

School – Business Partnership Manager

Shoalhaven & South Coast

Stephanie Spicer

School – Business Partnership Manager

Illawarra & Southern Highlands

Tracy King

School – Business Partnership Manager

Illawarra & Southern Highlands

Julie Connor

School – Business Partnership Manager

Illawarra & Southern Highlands

Mellinda Klein

School – Business Partnership Manager

Shoalhaven & South Coast

Corrina Taylor

Administration Assistant

Illawarra & Southern Highlands

Board

Workplace Learning’s Board of Directors are drawn from its membership base. It consists of people with strong links to local industry, schools and the broader community who have a shared vision. Strong partnerships between schools, industry, families and the community will be a vital contributor to achieving our mission to assist young people secure their future.

As a not-for-profit organisation, Workplace Learning operates under the NSW Associations Incorporation Act 2009 and Associations Incorporation Regulation 2016.

Chair – Tracey Freeman ~ Director, Freeman HR Pty Ltd Deputy Chair – Bruce Whalan Treasurer – Julia King ~ Associate Director, KPMG Enterprise TTA Board Member – Cheryl Burling Board Member – Christina Desmond ~ VET/RTO Manager, Catholic Education, Diocese of Wollongong Board Member – Gerry McLean Board Member – Steve Picton Board Member – Stuart Wilkinson ~ Manager, TAFE Services – TAFE NSW