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Winnie Duell encourages other young women to follow her lead and start an Apprenticeship

Winnie Duell has always loved working with her hands and building things with her Mum and Pop, so it was no surprise to them when she started her carpentry apprenticeship.

Winnie is in the first stage of her apprenticeship with Golden West Apprenticeships and hosted to local company, Wyton Building.  Winnie was offered her apprenticeship position after Wyton Building saw how talented and passionate she was about becoming a builder.

“There is seriously nothing I don’t enjoy about the carpentry apprenticeship” said Winnie.  “You get to be part of building something with a good team and watch it transform into a work of art”.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics only 11.7% of women are employed into the construction industry, however being a young woman in a male dominated industry doesn’t faze Winnie.  “Women need to stop thinking they can’t do what men can achieve.  We have two arms and a heartbeat just like they do” said Winnie.  “Trades are definitely something I encourage women to get into.  Just always try your best and tackle any challenges that comes your way.”

Over the next three and half years, Winnie will continue to work towards getting her trade certificate.  “I feel that this apprenticeship has definitely made my future plans a lot more clear and solid.  It has also helped me gain a lot more knowledge about the building industry” Winnie said.

Winnie also has some advice for others who might be considering a career in the trades “an apprenticeship is something you will always have behind you. You can’t buy the knowledge you need for a trade, you have to learn everything about it and more. That is what makes you more valuable, not just to an employer but to yourself as well”.



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Golden West Apprenticeships is a community based, non-profit organisation that specialises in the ‘group employment’ of apprentices and trainees in a wide range of industries. The core business of Golden West Apprenticeships is to play our local youth and mature age job seekers into apprenticeships and traineeships as well as to provide business with quality apprentices and trainees. Golden West Apprenticeships has 30 years’ experience in assisting job seekers find and sustain quality and meaningful employment.

Golden West Apprenticeships are committed to assisting Queenslanders in gaining nationally recognised qualifications whilst at the same time providing business and industry with a hassle free way of employing apprentices and trainees. Our team are dedicated to meeting the training needs of regional and rural Queensland.

Our Head Office is in Roma and we operate across Longreach, Emerald, Charleville, Dalby and Toowoomba regions.

Apprenticeships Offer Great Career Opportunities

Young people should consider apprenticeships as a pathway to securing a great future career, according to recently completed local apprentice, Ben Graham.

Ben started his apprenticeship with Golden West Apprenticeships as a fresh faced 17 year old.  “I enjoyed problem solving and working on diesel engines, so an apprenticeship was a good fit for me” said Ben.  After seeing a position for a diesel fitting apprenticeship with Golden West Apprenticeships and Maranoa Regional Council, Ben jumped at the opportunity to secure his future career.

After almost four years of training as an apprentice, Ben is proud to show off his trade certificate.  Upon completion of his apprenticeship, Ben was offered a full-time position as a diesel fitter with Maranoa Regional Council.

Ben’s story of securing ongoing employment at the completion of his apprenticeship is common, a recent Australian Jobs 2018 report from the Department of Jobs and Small Business confirms that apprentices and trainees who complete are much more likely to secure ongoing employment.  The report confirmed that 81.2% of apprentice and trainee graduates were employed six months after graduating, much higher than students who have graduated from university with a bachelor degree. 

“Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way for businesses to secure their future workforce” said Ms Johnson CEO of Golden West Apprenticeships, “By supporting apprentices such as Ben to complete their apprenticeships, we are ensuring our rural and regional communities have a skilled workforce into the future.”

Maranoa Regional Councillor David Schefe, Portfolio Chair for Local Business said Maranoa Regional Council offers a range of apprenticeships and traineeships for keen individuals.

“Council is committed to providing apprenticeships and traineeships to give opportunities for eager learners and it’s great to see Ben now in a full-time position with Council,” Cr Schefe said.

Ben is proud of completing his apprenticeship and has some advice for others considering an apprenticeship pathway. Ben says “an apprenticeship is great, because you get hands on experience while getting a qualification”.



MEDIA CONTACT:
For more information please contact:
Ph: 07 4622 3422
Email: marketing@goldenwest.org.au

Golden West Apprenticeships is a community based, non-profit organisation that specialises in the ‘group employment’ of apprentices and trainees in a wide range of industries. The core business of Golden West Apprenticeships is to play our local youth and mature age job seekers into apprenticeships and traineeships as well as to provide business with quality apprentices and trainees. Golden West Apprenticeships has 30 years’ experience in assisting job seekers find and sustain quality and meaningful employment.

Golden West Apprenticeships are committed to assisting Queenslanders in gaining nationally recognised qualifications whilst at the same time providing business and industry with a hassle free way of employing apprentices and trainees. Our team are dedicated to meeting the training needs of regional and rural Queensland.

Our Head Office is in Roma and we operate across Longreach, Emerald, Charleville, Dalby and Toowoomba regions.

Local Apprentices and Trainees set to shine at Queensland Training Awards

Following the announcement of the finalists for the 2018 Darling Downs and South West Regional Queensland Training Awards, Golden West Apprenticeships is thrilled to have four apprentices and trainees named as finalists. 

“We are proud to be celebrating the ongoing achievements of our apprentices and trainees through the Queensland Training Awards” said Camille Johnson, CEO of Golden West Apprenticeships.  “Our apprentices and trainees are dedicated to their trades and studies and it is pleasing to see their hard work recognised”.

Mrs Johnson said the shortlisted apprentices and trainees are:

  • Chelsea Hayward, plumbing apprentice hosted by the Maranoa Regional Council.  Chelsea has been shortlisted in the Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year award category.
  • Tayla Dennis, business and tourism trainee hosted by the Maranoa Regional Council.  Tayla has been shortlisted in both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year and Equity VET Student of the Year award categories.
  • Billie Fox, engineering trainee hosted by Boomer Bullbars Toowoomba.  Billie has been shortlisted in the School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year award category.

The Queensland Training Awards regional winners for the Darling Downs and South West will be announced at a gala dinner in Oakey in early August. 

“Golden West Apprenticeships are proud of all of the apprentices and trainees who were nominated in the Awards and would like to congratulate and wish our finalists all the best in the upcoming regional finals” said Mrs. Johnson. 

MEDIA CONTACT:
For more information please contact:
Ph: 07 4622 3422
Email: marketing@goldenwest.org.au

Golden West Apprenticeships is a community based, non-profit organisation that specialises in the ‘group employment’ of apprentices and trainees in a wide range of industries. The core business of Golden West Apprenticeships is to play our local youth and mature age job seekers into apprenticeships and traineeships as well as to provide business with quality apprentices and trainees. Golden West Apprenticeships has 30 years experience in assisting job seekers find and sustain quality and meaningful employment.

Golden West Apprenticeships are committed to assisting Queenslanders in gaining nationally recognised qualifications whilst at the same time providing business and industry with a hassle free way of employing apprentices and trainees. Our team are dedicated to meeting the training needs of regional and rural Queensland.

Our Head Office is in Roma and we operate across Longreach, Emerald, Charleville, Dalby and Toowoomba regions.

BJ Hydraulics

David:  "Golden West Apprenticeships are an excellent service provider, excellent communication, extremely efficient, cooperative in all areas, Employment Coordinator and in their Administration Services."

Chris Strong of St. Andrews Hospital

Chris Strong:  "Golden West Apprenticeships to date has placed two apprentice chefs and two hospitality trainees in our organisation. The process from start to finish has been nothing less than brilliant."


Trainees gain exposure to future careers

The South West Hospital and Health Service is helping develop the next generation of local health workers by hosting eight full, part-time and school-based trainees this year.

South West HHS Director of People and Culture Rob Mander said the health service had partnered with Golden West Apprenticeships to support young people undertaking traineeships with the health service.

Golden West Apprenticeships is a community-based, non-profit organisation that specialises in the “group employment’’ of apprentices and trainees in a wide range of industries.

“These traineeships allow students and others the opportunity to enter the workforce as well as obtain nationally recognised qualifications, with the school-based trainees being able to do so while completing their senior schooling,’’ Mr Mander said.

“School-based trainees work one a day each week for two years, rotating through different areas, while still at school, while full and part-time trainees work entirely in their chosen skill area.’’

Mr Mander said the eight trainees, their locations and courses were:
  • Courtney Spackman (St George State High School) – Community and Allied Health St George – Certificate III in Business Administration.
  • Deanna Boon (part-time trainee) – Surat MPHS – Certificate III in Individual Support.
  • Eve Munro (Roma State College) – Executive & Support Services Roma – Certificate III in Business Administration.
  • Libby Kajewski (Charleville State High School) – Charleville Hospital – Certificate III in Business Administration.
  • Monique Ramsay (Roma State College) – Mitchell MPHS – Certificate III in Individual Support
  • Sophie Cooke (St George State High School) – Dirranbandi MPHS – Certificate III in Individual Support.
  • Kiana Van Der Meulen (Roma State College) – Roma Hospital – Certificate III in Dental Assisting.
  • Samantha Willes (full-time trainee) – Roma Hospital – Certificate III in Dental Assisting.

Roma Dental Assisting trainees Samantha Willes – left – and Kiana Van Der Meulen

Charleville Business Administration trainee Libby Kajewski – left – with Acting Supervisor
Kissee Clark


Roma Business Administration trainee Eve Munro – left – with Supervisor Lorraine
Payne.

“As one of the largest employers in the region – with more than 970 full, part-time and casual employees – the South West HHS is keen to support local young people who may be considering a career in the health sector,’’ Mr Mander said.

“By providing first-hand experience and training for our local young people, we hope to inspire the next generation of skilled health care workers for the South West HHS.

“We hope that, later, they will seek out future employment opportunities within the health service once their studies had been completed.

“It’s a way of future-proofing out health workforce by setting the next generation along the right path.’’

Golden West Apprenticeships Chief Executive Officer Camille Johnson said the trainees would complete their studies over the next two years and, at the end of their traineeships, receive a Certificate Level III qualification in their chosen fields.

“The school-based trainees among them will receive on-the-job training in the technical aspects of the traineeships through paid work placement with the South West Hospital and Health Service, as well as additional support and mentoring provided by Golden West Apprenticeships,’’ she said.

“As such, school-based traineeships are a popular option for students wanting to get a head start in their profession.

“Students are able to remain at school and complete their high school certificate while attending paid work placement one day per week. Once their traineeship is completed, they will have earned a nationally recognised qualification, just like their full and part-time trainee counterparts.’’
Mr Mander said the health service welcomed the opportunity to help local young people work towards their future employment and career goals.

“The strength of any organisation is its people,’’ he said.

“That includes not only our current workforce, but also future industry professionals that emerge from programs such as SAT.’’

South West Hospital and Health Service Roma-based Aboriginal Liaison Officer RJ Landers began his career in health as a school-based trainee, while attending Roma State College.

“I started my school-based traineeship working with Community and Allied Health in Roma between 2010 and 2012, doing a Certificate III in Primary Health,’’ Mr Landers said.

“I enjoyed the work so much it gave me the incentive to embark upon a career in health once I finished school,’’ he said.

“It also gave me a qualification to become an Aboriginal Health Worker when I first started, before I moved into my Aboriginal liaison role.

“It was a valuable experience and I would recommend a school-based traineeship to any young person considering their future work and career options.

“It’s a great way to get to know a workplace and understand what the work involves, so you can decide if it’s for you.’’

For further information contact:
James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379
Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au

Golden West Apprenticeships
Chief Executive Officer
Camille Johnson
4622 3422 or 0427 834 697
cjohnson@goldenwest.org.au

Paul Ashford: Mature-aged electrical apprentice

Taking on a new career as a matured-aged electrical apprentice was the next logical step for Chinchilla based worker, Paul Ashford. 

Paul was working with a local Chinchilla firm doing a mostly welding and scheduled maintenance work in the coal seam gas industry when his employer offered up the opportunity to complete an electrical apprenticeship.  “I was thrilled when my employer suggested an electrical apprenticeship.  The apprenticeship allowed me continue working with my employer, but gave me the chance to get my electrical trade certificate” said Paul. 

Paul commenced his electrical apprenticeship in 2015, joining a growing number of mature-aged workers seeking out a career as a tradesperson.   In Australia, anyone over the age of 21 years at the commencement of their apprenticeship is considered a matured-aged or adult apprentice. 

“We are seeing an increase in mature-aged jobseekers looking to complete an apprenticeship.  These people who have generally been working alongside tradespeople for a number of years and have decided to get their trade certificate” said Camille Johnson, CEO of Golden West Apprenticeships.  “Mature-aged apprentices have a range of experiences and skills they have gained throughout their working life and are an asset to employers from day one of their apprenticeship”. 

However, for Paul, the downturn of the coal seam gas industry saw work dry up for his previous employer and his apprenticeship was suspended.  Paul continued working locally in Chinchilla, however saw a position advertised for an “out of trade” electrical apprentice with Golden West Apprenticeships.  “The position with Golden West allowed me to pick up where I had left off and I was happy to be able to continue with my apprenticeship” said Paul. 

Golden West Apprenticeships supports out of trade apprentices back into their apprenticeships and currently have a number of positions available for both apprentices looking to continue their apprenticeship, as well as positions for mature-aged trade assistants looking to start their apprenticeship.  “Apprentices are our future workforce and they must be supported so we can continue to have a strong local economy” said Ms Johnson.  “By supporting apprentices such as Paul to continue their apprenticeships, we are ensuring our rural and regional communities have a skilled workforce into the future.”

Darcy takes on second trade

Warwick apprentice, Darcy Kuilboer has always had a passion for the engineering industry and is now part the way through his second apprenticeship.  Darcy, who is already a tradie, holding a Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication and has recently commenced another engineering apprenticeship in sheet metal. 

With a trade certificate in engineering fabrication, Darcy was keen to expand his skills and knowledge of the engineering industry when an apprenticeship in sheet metal work was advertised with Golden West Apprenticeships and CSM Service Bodies.  “I feel most at home and love working in engineering, when the apprenticeship in sheet metal came up with Golden West Apprenticeships, I jumped at the chance to further my knowledge”.

Darcy’s host employer, CSM Services Bodies could see the value Darcy’s previous industry experience would bring to their organisation.  Joel Muller, Production Branch Manager from CSM said “Darcy already having had experience in a similar trade has meant that we have been able to up skill him faster and we will be able to sign him off as a tradesman soon”. 

There is a growing demand from businesses seeking to take on apprentices who can be signed off as tradespeople earlier.  “Businesses are offering apprenticeships to workers with previous industry experience and we are seeing a large number of apprenticeship vacancies in the engineering and construction industries” said Camille Johnson, CEO of Golden West Apprenticeships.  “For trades assistants and others working in the industry, there is an opportunity to be recognised for the skills and knowledge they have collected through work and life experiences” said Ms Johnson.  “The Recognition of Prior Learning process allows workers to transfer this into an apprenticeship, and reduce the time it takes to complete an apprenticeship”.

After commencing his apprenticeship in October last year, Darcy is already in third stage as his previous skills and knowledge has been recognised and credited toward his apprenticeship. 

Darcy is encouraging anyone already working in the industry to consider taking on an apprenticeship “it’s a fantastic way to pursue your hobbies and the apprenticeship also gives you valuable skills”. 

Once his apprenticeship is completed, Darcy is keen to impart his knowledge of the trade onto others, and has career aspirations of become a dual tradesperson to pass along his skills to new apprentices joining the workforce “I hope to become a dual tradesman, and maybe one day move up the ladder into a supervisor role” said Darcy.

Tayla’s Drive for Success

After completing a Skilling Queenslander’s for Work program, Tayla Dennis’ future is now much brighter. 

In April of last year, Tayla was successful in gaining an opportunity through the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program to complete a Work Skills Business Traineeship with Golden West Apprenticeships and hosted at the Maranoa Regional Council.

While working for the Council, Tayla supported the implementation of Council’s tourism program, specifically the drive trail project.  This project saw the installation of directional and interpretive signage on each tourist drive in the region.  Tayla researched and collated stories to help show visitors a glimpse into the heart and soul of the district through the interpretive signs. As part of the Work Skills traineeship, Tayla also developed a range of administrative skills including creating business documents, using business equipment and resources and creating spreadsheets. 

“I had no experience and little knowledge of the tourism industry when I started, however it didn’t take me very long to get hooked” said Ms Dennis.  “It’s such a great feeling knowing that you have provided tourists with information to get the most out of their stay in the Maranoa”.

Since completing the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program, Tayla was successful in securing an ongoing position as a Certificate III in Tourism Trainee with Golden West Apprenticeships, again hosted by the Maranoa Regional Council.

“We are tremendously proud of Tayla’s efforts and pleased she has been offered an ongoing position with the Council” said Camille Johnson, Golden West Apprenticeships’ CEO.  “Golden West has been servicing the Maranoa region for over 30 years and we know how vital it is to develop skills within our communities. Partnering with the Maranoa Regional Council in the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program has provided a lifetime of opportunities for locals and the community.  The Council have continually demonstrated their strong commitment to the development of skills and jobs in the region and Golden West are proud to be working with them”.

Councillor Puddy Chandler, Portfolio Chair for Tourism said it is great to see this passion from Tayla to provide the best possible tourism experience for tourists travelling in the Maranoa.

“It is a very exciting time with Council currently embarking on a new era of tourism in the Maranoa with an outstanding visitor experience planned for travellers to our region,” Cr Chandler said.  

Over the next 12 months, Tayla will continue working at the Council as well as studying to complete her Certificate III in Tourism.  However, once the traineeship is completed Tayla intends to continue her professional development “I want to expand my knowledge and skills in the tourism industry. I also want to continue further studies to complete a diploma to prepare myself for management roles” said Ms Dennis.  

Tayla Dennis (centre), with Leanne Crawford and Debbie Joppich from the Maranoa Regional Council.



MEDIA CONTACT: 
For more information please contact:
Ph.: 07 4622 3422
Email: marketing@goldenwest.org.au



Golden West Apprenticeships is a community based, non-profit organisation that specialises in the ‘group employment’ of apprentices and trainees in a wide range of industries. The core business of Golden West Apprenticeships is to play our local youth and mature age job seekers into apprenticeships and traineeships as well as to provide business with quality apprentices and trainees. Golden West Apprenticeships has more than 25 years’ experience in assisting job seekers find and sustain quality and meaningful employment.

The Sky's the Limit for Melitta

After completing a Skilling Queenslander’s for Work program, Melitta Grant’s future is now much brighter. 

In April of this year, Melitta was successful in gaining an opportunity through the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program to complete a Work Skills Business Traineeship with Golden West Apprenticeships and hosted at the Charleville Cosmos Centre. 

(L-R Monique Johnson – Acting Manager - Charleville Cosmos Centre, Melitta Grant - Business Administration Trainee and Camille Johnson - CEO Golden West Apprenticeships)


While working at the Cosmos Centre, Melitta supported the development of Murweh Shire Council’s tourism program and participated in the day to day operation of the Cosmos Centre, providing information to visitors on regional tourist attractions and activities. As part of the Work Skills traineeship, Melitta also developed a range of administrative skills including creating business documents, using business equipment and resources and creating spreadsheets. 

Last week, Melitta completed the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program and was successful in securing an ongoing position as a Certificate III in Business Administration Trainee with Golden West Apprenticeships, again hosted at the Charleville Cosmos Centre.

“We are tremendously proud of Melitta’s efforts and pleased she has been offered an ongoing position at the Charleville Cosmos Centre” said Camille Johnson, Golden West Apprenticeships’ CEO.  “Golden West has been servicing the South West region for almost 30 years and we know how vital it is to develop skills within our communities. Partnering with the Murweh Shire Council in the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program has provided a lifetime of opportunities for locals and the community.  The Council have continually demonstrated their strong commitment to development of skills and jobs in the region and Golden West are proud to be working with them”.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to have Melitta back on board. The Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program is the best thing for remote and regional communities. We have so many talented youth in our areas and to be able to help skill them in the capacity that they thrive in just makes complete sense to me” said Monique Johnson, Charleville Cosmos Centre’s Acting Manager.   “I look forward to working with Melitta again and I thank The Murweh Shire Council and Golden West for taking the initiative and helping educate our residents in their preferred fields”.

Over the next 12 months, Melitta will continue working at the Charleville Cosmos Centre as well as studying to complete her Certificate III in Business Administration.  

MEDIA CONTACT: 
For more information please contact:
Ph.: 07 4622 3422
Email: marketing@goldenwest.org.au



Golden West Apprenticeships is a community based, non-profit organisation that specialises in the ‘group employment’ of apprentices and trainees in a wide range of industries. The core business of Golden West Apprenticeships is to play our local youth and mature age job seekers into apprenticeships and traineeships as well as to provide business with quality apprentices and trainees. Golden West Apprenticeships has more than 25 years’ experience in assisting job seekers find and sustain quality and meaningful employment.