BUSY At Work has promoted the benefits of traineeships in Queensland at a recent Tennis Australia conference.
The two-day master class on Saturday November 24 and Sunday November 25 brought together 40 of Queensland’s most successful tennis club managers and head coaches.
Tennis professionals met at the Queensland Tennis Centre to share ideas on the sport and listen to a wide range of Australian and international speakers discuss ways to boost clubs’ performances.
Brian Smith, industry training consultant with BUSY At Work, was invited to present a half-hour seminar on the second day of the conference to discuss the advantages of getting involved in traineeships in Queensland.
The talk focused specifically on tennis clubs and the Certificate III in Sport Coaching, a qualification that is being supported by Tennis Australia.
“One of the keys to unlocking further growth in tennis at club level is the training and upskilling of new coaches,” Brian explained.
The presentation outlined various benefits of traineeships, including boosting morale for employees, enhancing clubs’ credibility and actively ‘putting back’ into the industry.
“Traineeships offer enormous advantages to clubs of all sizes. It’s about making an investment in the future of the club and the sport, building students’ self-esteem and future employment outcomes,” Brian continued.
These initiatives give young tennis players access to coaches who can then teach them using the latest techniques, he added.
Tennis Australia’s backing of the Certificate III in Sport Coaching traineeship involves a special training plan that allows participants to be recognised as junior development coaches at the organisation.
BUSY works with Tennis Australia to induct the trainees and employers, while helping with all the necessary paperwork and providing advice on potential government incentives.
“The trainees attain their qualification whilst working in tennis clubs as paid employees,” Brian explained, with various parties involved in the process, including state and federal governments, training organisations and, in some cases, parents and schools.