Trainee of the Year

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Winner: Teah McCallum, Certificate III in Business

Employer: Department of Corporate and Information Services, NT Government
Registered training provider: Dovaston Training
Group training organisation: GTNT

Teah McCallum started as a school-based trainee, completed year 12 and transitioned into work with the NT Government as a full-time trainee. She completed her Certificate III in Business in 2017 and is now working to complete her Certificate IV.

Her training and hard work has enabled Teah to secure a temporary position as a program advisor, well above the trainee level that she commenced at and above her normal substantive position.

As an employee of the Employment Programs Unit for the NT Government she is a strong advocate for training and development and has had opportunities to participate in and promote employment programs in job fairs, career expos and open days.

Runner up: James Acton, Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (Construction Materials Testing)

Employer: HiQA Geotechnical Solutions
Registered training provider: ABC Consulting

James Acton is a focused young man who completed, in 2016, his Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (Construction Material Testing) in just over six months. He has now commenced a Diploma of Laboratory Technology with the aim of becoming both a senior technician and being a National Association of Testing Authorities signatory for his employer HiQA Geotechnical Solutions.

James prides himself on being able to work independently in very remote places far from phone reception and hundreds of kilometres from a major town. He has experience working as a both a field and laboratory technician and is highly motivated by his work.

James lives by the motto, gleaned from his laboratory manager, that 'there are no stupid questions, questions are free. A stuff-up isn’t' and he is keen to keep improving his skills and professional capacity through vocational training.

Last updated: 24 June 2019

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