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Where are they now –- Kody’s Story

For our 30th Anniversary, Golden West Apprenticeships spoke to some of our past apprentices and trainees to find out what they are doing now.

After not enjoying school, Kody McColm decided at the end of Grade 10, it was time to seek out a new way learning that was more for him.  It was 2009 and at the time, Golden West Apprenticeships was recruiting for an apprentice boilermaker with local host employer, Lionel Moore Trailers.

Kody took the apprenticeship like a duck to water and excelled through his apprenticeships studies. “As a young person, working in a grown up environment, I had to learn pretty quickly” said Kody.  “But working with Golden West Apprenticeships, I always felt supported.  Amanda, my Training and Employment Coordinator was easy to talk to when I needed her, and always pointed me in the right direction”.

After completing his apprenticeship in 2013, Kody stayed with Lionel Moore Trailers and has been a leading hand and supervisor to the current apprentices within the business.

Kody McColm (front row – black cap) and the team at Lionel Moore Trailers.  

Where are they now -– Michael’s Story

For our 30th Anniversary, Golden West Apprenticeships spoke to some of our past apprentices and trainees to find out what they are doing now.

From a young age, Michael Riethmuller showed an interest in the mechanical trade, so when the opportunity arose to complete a diesel fitting apprenticeship, it was a dream come true.  

While completing grade 11 at high school in 2005, Michael commenced a school-based apprenticeship with Golden West Apprenticeships. However, once Michael completed grade 12, his host employer at the time was unable to retain him.  Luckily, Golden West was able to seek out a new host employer, B&B Machinery.

I would definitely recommend using a Group Training Organisation, such as Golden West Apprenticeships, they served me well when I needed to transition between host employers” said Michael.  “I was able to continue my apprenticeship without interruption thanks to their continual support and mentoring”.

Michael completed his apprenticeship in 2010, and is now the Workshop Foreman at B&B.  Michael is currently supervising two apprentices, and highly recommends an apprenticeship as a trade pathway.

Michael Riethmuller with owner Kris Black

Seaton’s got it made as a local plumbing apprentice

With many family and friends in the plumbing industry, becoming a school-based apprentice was the best career decision local apprentice, Seaton Hansen says he has made. 

Seaton pictured with Cindy Taylor from Golden West Apprenticeships

Seaton, who took on a school-based apprenticeship in 2016 while completing grade 12 at the Blackall State School said he was thrilled when the apprenticeship opportunity presented itself.  “Golden West Apprenticeships and Capricornia Plumbing had an opening for a school-based apprentice and I was lucky to be given an opportunity to try plumbing” said Seaton.  “After finishing school, the apprenticeship continued as full-time”.

Working in the Central West, Seaton loves everything about his plumbing apprenticeship.  “Every day is different.  Sometimes it can be roofing, the next day it can be maintenance, the following day can be setting up drainage systems”. 

Seaton believe that every school student should consider a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.  “Being a school-based apprentice was a great outlet for me.  I didn’t really enjoy being stuck in the classroom, but I got my school work done knowing that I could look forward to going to my apprenticeship each week”. 

“The apprenticeship has taught me to work as part of a team.  I have also been responsible at times for completing job on my own which has developed my skills and confidence.  A personal gain for me this year was buying a brand new Hilux”.

Seaton is now in the third stage of his apprenticeship and has just under 20 months until he completes and becomes a fully qualified plumber, who will have a range of experience in plumbing and drainage. 

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.

Where are they now – Teleigha’s Story

For our 30th Anniversary, Golden West Apprenticeships spoke to some of our past apprentices and trainees to find out what they are doing now.

Teleigha Tucker was successful in securing a business administration traineeship, as part of Santos GLNG’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Trainee Program in 2010, which was managed by Golden West Apprenticeships.

Teleigha always had her sights set on a career in business and knew that a traineeship would put her on the right path.  “I knew that I would work in the business arena and this was a good stepping stone to achieve my long-term goals” said Teleigha.  “My favourite part about the traineeship, was the opportunity to work in an interest area before leaving school and having to work full-time”.  

Being a trainee with Golden West ensured that Teleigha was able to complete all aspects of her traineeship.  “Golden West Apprenticeships were great during my study period.  There was a time when I couldn’t complete a certain practical module at Santos and Golden West assisted and organised for me to work with an employee from Golden West to complete this” said Teleigha. 

Since completing her traineeship in 2012, Teleigha’s career has blossomed and she is now working for a local allied health company in Roma as the Practice and Human Resources Coordinator. 

Where are they now – Christian’s Story

For our 30th Anniversary, Golden West Apprenticeships spoke to some of our past apprentices and trainees to find out what they are doing now.

Christian Radnedge decided that taking on a second apprenticeship was a step in the right direction for his career.  “Already being a qualified boilermaker and working largely in the transport industry, I found myself already doing a lot of mechanical work” said Christian.  “When the opportunity arose to do a second trade as a diesel fitter, I jumped at it”.

Christian commenced his diesel fitting apprenticeship in 2012 as a mature-aged apprenticeship.  As Christian was qualified boilermaker he was able to accelerate his second apprenticeship and complete in just 20 months. 

Christian said his experience as an apprentice the second time, was very similar to his first apprenticeships, however this time he had a Golden West Apprenticeships Field Officer for support.

Christian continues to work locally in Quilpie as a diesel fitter with the Quilpie Shire Council. 

Where are they now – Sam’s Story

For our 30th Anniversary, Golden West Apprenticeships spoke to some of our past apprentices and trainees to find out what they are doing now.

Sam Williams started his apprenticeship as a sheetmetal fabrication apprentice in 2006 with Golden West Apprenticeships and hosted to CSM Service Bodies in Warwick. 

Sam enjoyed his apprenticeship, although admitted at times it was difficult to stay focussed at such a young age.  “My favourite part of the apprenticeship was getting to learn something new, each year that you progress through your apprenticeship you gain more knowledge about the industry you are working in, and also the feeling of completion, knowing that I have managed to be 100% competent in a field that I knew nothing about at the start of my apprenticeship” said Sam.  “I did find it challenging to stay focused at such a young age”. 

Sam was initially apprehensive about undertaking an apprenticeship through a group training organisation, however after being an apprentice with Golden West, he is very complimentary towards group training.  “My experience with Golden West was great.  They were there in both the good times and bad times, they supported me and help me keep focused on completing my apprenticeship” said Sam.  “I was sceptical with how the whole host employer situation would work to start with, but Golden West were there, whether it be over the phone or with the regular face to face visits”.

After completing his apprenticeship in 2009, Sam stayed on with his host employer for eight years before leaving to gain further experience in the manufacturing industry.  Sam has since returned to CSM Service Bodies in a management role. 

Golden West Apprenticeships Celebrating 30 Years in Business

On 21st September 2018, Golden West Apprenticeships is celebrating 30 years in business. 

Established in Roma in 1988, Golden West is one of the largest not for profit Group Training Organisations operating in Queensland. 

“We are very proud to be celebrating this milestone” said Camille Johnson, CEO of Golden West Apprenticeships.  “Over the past three decades, we have had the privilege of partnering with local business and industry to offer apprenticeships in our rural and regional communities.  This celebration is about recognising our community’s commitment to training, as well as the thousands of apprentices and trainees who have completed their trade through Golden West”. 

“We extend our sincere gratitude to our host employers, apprentices, trainees and staff for the loyalty and trust you have shown us over the past 30 years and we are excited about what our future will hold” said Ms Johnson. 

Golden West Apprenticeships will be celebrating their 30th anniversary with an event planned in Roma which will acknowledge their outstanding achievement of 30 years in group training. 

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 place 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.

Top Darling Downs apprentice another outstanding woman

Golden West apprentice, Chelsea Hayward was awarded the prestigious Apprentice of the Year title at the Queensland Master Builders’ Housing and Construction Awards last month.


Read more about it on Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) website.

Local Trainee shines at Queensland Training Awards

Our region’s talented apprentices and trainees were on show at the Darling Downs and South West region’s Queensland Training Award last Friday night. 

Local trainee, Tayla Dennis had an extremely successful night taking out two awards, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year and Equity VET Student of the Year award categories.

“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.  “Tayla is hardworking and very deserving of her awards”.

Tayla will now go on to compete in the Queensland Training Awards State Gala Dinner in early September.


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.

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”.



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.