The partnership between AME Systems, WestVic Staffing Solutions and Ararat College was recognised at a state awards night during the week.
The three groups had picked up the VCAL partner achievement award at the VCAL achievement awards night during the week.
Last year the organisations worked together to create the Multi Industry Trade Taster to give Ararat College students an opportunity to experience various aspects of the AME workplace and become employment ready.
"The partnership involved students undergoing group training with WestVic Staffing Solutions which was essentially the same as an induction AME staff go through," Ararat College VCAL coordinator Andrew Reynolds said.
"From there they would shadow people in each department at AME. They rotated through roles in different areas of the company, including finance, engineering, production, sales and warehouse.
"We had six students participate in the 15-week program."
The program involved 10 weeks of paid four-hour sessions at AME Systems.
AME Systems HR coordinator Steve Rodis said the program is a win-win for the students and the company.
"Our greatest satisfaction is seeing the kids succeed," he said.
"That transition from school life to work life can be a big thing, so what has taken place I suppose is a toe in the water for them to see what it really entails.
"It also gives them a taste to come to a place like AME and see the different aspects it is about.
"It is a credit to WestVic and the school for the program's success, it was a great group effort."
The award-winning program is expected to return again this year.
"We are trying to organise another one for this year and expand it to potentially involve Marian College too," Mr Rodis said.
"It was just its first year and we think it can continue to grow and improve."
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