Former Trainee Pays it Forward by Becoming Host Employer

Former Trainee Pays it Forward by Becoming Host Employer

Former Trainee Pays it Forward by Becoming Host Employer

Former Tassie trainee, Xanthe Pastoor, completed her business traineeship at Back in Motion in 2015. Now, three years on, Xanthe is a Practice Manager, responsible for the daily operations of a physiotherapy practice and has recently employed trainees of her own.

“I had such a positive experience completing my traineeship that I decided to take on AFL SportsReady trainees with the aim of continuing their employment once their traineeship is complete,” said Xanthe.

“My traineeship gave me my start in the industry that I was passionate about, health care, and so I want to give back by providing other young people their start,” she added.

Xanthe Pastoor started her journey at the Back in Motion clinic in Hobart, as a Certificate III in Business trainee.

“It was a great opportunity for me to experience working in a physiotherapy practice. Back in Motion has such a strong relationship with the local community, it is an amazing place to work.”

“Completing a business qualification also made me realise how much I enjoyed the different aspects of business.”

In her role, Xanthe worked closely with clients and physiotherapists helping them with administrative tasks and providing them with support. She also worked in collaboration with the reception team in various areas such as marketing and finance.

“I put 100% into my traineeship and that’s the reality, you get out what you put in.”

Xanthe’s dedication in her traineeship saw her win the 2015 Tasmanian AFL SportsReady Trainee of the Year Award. The honour recognises trainees who have gone above and beyond in their workplace.

“This was most definitely one of my main highlights. It was highly unexpected, but topped off one of the best years of my life.”

“The graduation was a great opportunity to see the diversity of the trainees and it was motivating to learn about all the other trainees and their achievements.”

To add to her accomplishments, Xanthe received the Frontline Excellence Award at the 2018 Back in Motion Symposium. The national award is presented to the leading administration team member for excellence in client services, practice organisation and peer leadership.

“This award was an even bigger shock. I felt so proud of myself to know how far I have come since starting my traineeship.”

Xanthe gained full-time employment at Back in Motion after her traineeship and in 2018 she was transferred to a new Back in Motion practice in Kingston where she was promoted to Practice Manager.

“Starting my career through AFL SportsReady has definitely helped me get to where I am today.” 

“The level of support I received whilst completing this experience was second to none and the traineeship opened the door to a lot of opportunities I would not have received otherwise.” 

“I was given a chance to start my career in an industry I love, so now I am giving other young people the chance to do the same. Having been through a traineeship, I feel like I am the perfect person to mentor a young person on the same journey.”

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Date: 14th of February 2019

Image: Xanthe with Back In Motion Health Group founder Jason Smith receiving the Frontline Excellence Award.

Author: Marissa Pagliarello