Young Industry Ambassadors

The GLLEN in partnership with other organisations has trained Young Industry Ambassadors since 2010. The GLLEN is committed to ongoing training.

Young Industry Ambassadors are trained to present their own career pathways to students in upper primary and secondary schools. The diverse pathways young employees have taken can enlighten school student’s knowledge about the various pathways to achieve career goals and see the value of remaining at school. YIAs are usually between the ages of 20 to 30 years so that school students can easily relate to them.

Through the generosity of their employers, YIAs can visit schools or host students at their workplace, at no cost to schools. To book a YIA, read the following profiles and enquire on the email link.

NEWS

ALEX

A prediction that he’d never get a job inspired this YIA to become an apprentice machinist in a regional centre where his attention to detail furthered his career.

To book this YIA please contact:

Lauren Faul

lfaul@mccullochs.com.au

LIONEL

This YIA happily followed in the footsteps of his older brother living up to family expectations. He did not become fully aware of the options available to him until he was at university. Then he worked out that he really wanted to become a Graduate Mechatronics Engineer. He now enjoys working with a physical product that saves lives in countries throughout the world. He enjoys the challenge of solving problems  and  overcoming the frustrations that go with that.

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

CALLUM

This YIA works for a Bendigo company that is part of a huge international company offering opportunities to travel and live overseas. Following his interests, extended work experience, and being open to possibilities has led to exciting new things for him.

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

JESSICA

Growing up, Jessica was always interested in finding out how and why things worked. Her favourite subject at school was maths so it made sense to study engineering, something that uses maths in a practical way.  She is always interested in different languages so she did a double Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Arts, majoring in French. She enjoys working at Thales as it designs, develops, produces, and services the armoured vehicles, which gives her a better understanding of the entire lifecycle of the product and how it all fits together.

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

MICHAEL

This YIA left school as soon as he could at the end of Year 8. After a year working in a fresh fruit and vegetable wholesalers he went back to school. Two months into Year 10 he took up an apprenticeship to become a cabinetmaker/joiner but there were few jobs so he worked on a prawn trawler. Now he has 3 years working as a quality inspector of steel castings at a local manufacturer.

To book this YIA please contact:

Brent Bruns
Human Resources Manager

bbruns@keech.com.au

JACOB

Growing up on a farm with its hands-on experience helped this YIA gain employment as an apprentice Boilermaker at age sixteen. He is now a Steel Fabricator Apprentice at McCullochs.

To book this YIA please contact:

Lauren Faul

lfaul@mccullochs.com.au

JAMES

James was born and educated in Wollongong.  He attended the University of Wollongong studying Mechanical Engineering, graduating with first class honours. He moved to Bendigo in January 2017, to start in 2-year graduate program with Thales. He enjoys working as a design and project engineer on both the Bushmaster and Hawkei projects.

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

CHLOE

Employed at Mount Alexander Shire Council for 2 years, originally commencing as Trainee – Organisational Development and currently holds the role of HR Officer within the Organisation Capability Department.

To book this YIA please contact:

Chloe Burton
HR Officer

c.burton@mountalexander.vic.gov.au

PHIL

This YIA enjoyed travel, water sports, and cruised through school on his sporting ability. A fitness apprenticeship helped temporarily but did not offer what he wanted. After submitting fifty resumes and considering the defence forces, he fell back on the family business.  Four year later he is a fitter and machinist proud of the skills and experience he has obtained working with the maintenance crew. His supervisors have discovered his leadership potential so further opportunities are opening up for him in his workplace.

To book this YIA please contact:

Brent Bruns
Human Resources Manager

bbruns@keech.com.au

MATTHEW

This young man didn’t like sitting in the classroom  preferring to work with his hands. He completed Year 12 VCAL planning to work in the furniture trade but a lack of jobs led him to pattern making in Castlemaine. This apprenticeship meant commuting to Melbourne for theory classes. After the four year apprenticeship and a couple more years in Castlemaine he wanted a change. After trying being an electrician and an orchardist, he became a laboratory technician in Bendigo getting the job because of his experience. His Diploma of Engineering and Certificate 4 in Drafting see him working in the Innovation Centre at this leading Bendigo manufacturer. He is now a leading hand/production supervisor managing a team on various projects with cutting edge technology.

To book this YIA please contact:

Brent Bruns
Human Resources Manager

bbruns@keech.com.au

MATTHEW

A pathway through Weeroona College, Bendigo Senior Secondary College and La Trobe’s Bachelor of Science did not automatically get him the job he wanted. He worked in a Toxicology lab in Melbourne for 3 years before returning to Bendigo. He commuted to Melbourne for a year as that was where the jobs were. He kept applying for work in Bendigo and his third application was successful. Now he is using his analytical chemistry skills developing viruses put into animal vaccines for a company with branches throughout the world.

To book this YIA please contact:

Matthew Lawrence
Viral Technician

Matthew.lawrance@merck.com

RORY

After deciding school was not for him, this YIA was persuaded to complete Year 12 but he still had no career plans at age 18. He fell into a Music Industry Skills course which he enjoyed but after a year or two wanted a more secure lifestyle. Jobs were hard to get and he worked in a hardware store. He kept looking and found he liked working with young people. Then he completed some study and obtained a position with the City of Greater Bendigo in their Youth Development department where he assists young people with various projects.

To book this YIA please contact:

Youth Participation Officer

r.white@Bendigo.vic.gov.au

SAM

A love of cars encouraged this YIA to take up an apprenticeship at the end of Year 11. After “falling in love with a broom” he persevered to complete his training to obtain very useful mechanical skills that have enabled him to work overseas and provide him with a good income. Ten years later he did a bridging course to get him into university to complete a Mechanical Engineering degree to get him the lifestyle he wants as well as satisfying his curiosity about how things work. He enjoys problem solving and the challenge of making something work. He loves his work in Land and Air Systems/Protected Vehicles and has lots of realistic advice for young people.

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

KAYE

After completing her secondary education at Kangaroo Flat and then Bendigo Senior Secondary, this young woman completed her Bachelor of Applied Science at La Trobe University, Bendigo. There was no job in Bendigo then so she did shift work for 18 months in Echuca before obtaining a diagnostic job in Bendigo working with pigs. This led to her present employer where she  now  works in animal vaccine production. As a Quality Controller she manages and supervises the testing of products to ensure that they meet the company’s standards. She is very aware of the many opportunities that this international company provides and is very happy in her workplace.

To book this YIA please contact:

Kaye Pascoe
QC Manager

Kaye.pascoe@merck.com

Nick

This YIA finished high school in Bendigo and probably took more VCE subjects than he needed to. Seeing as some of those subjects were maths and sciences so he decided to try an engineering degree. He started a double degree in robotics and computer science at one uni but didn’t like the teaching style so he transferred to another uni and to a single degree in robotics and mechatronics engineering. Which he loved as it had lots of projects and team work and robots. In his last year of uni he was lucky enough to get a paid internship in Germany which was a real eye opener and helped him be ready for his first graduate job at Thales. Where there is more projects and team work and robots!

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

SOPHIE

Sophie enjoyed Physics at school and studied a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. She initially focused on Mechanical Engineering, but after trying an Electrical subject and loving it, decided to change to Mechatronics. She completed a Masters of Mechatronic Engineering in 2016. At the beginning of 2017 she moved to Bendigo for the Thales Graduate Program, where she has enjoyed working as a design and project engineer on the Bushmaster and Hawkei teams.

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

DAN

This versatile and flexible YIA had a plan that led through Weeroona College, BSSC and Ballarat University to a degree in Sports Management. Failing first year meant deferring and doing hard, physical labour to finance his study. On completion of his degree he took a job in Sports Management  in Horsham for 3 years. It was here that he realised he enjoyed working with young people. He now enjoys working with the City of Greater Bendigo in the Youth Development Department exploring various opportunities with young people.

To book this YIA please contact:

Youth Participation Officer

d.rees@Bendigo.vic.gov.au

AMY

After completing secondary education in South East Melbourne, Amy continued on to university, completing a Bachelor of Science at La Trobe University. She commenced work at a Cord Blood and Tissue Bank in 2014 as a Quality and Production Assistant, before moving into a Grade 1 Medical Scientist role. In July 2017, Amy relocated to Bendigo and commenced work as a Quality Control Scientist with MSD Animal Health, where she tests vaccines to ensure they meet company standards and specifications. She enjoys the variety and challenges working at MSD as a Quality Control Scientist.

To book this YIA please contact:

Amy Hand
Quality Control Scientist

amy.hand@merck.com

HANNAH

Hannah is a Bendigo local who loves her job and her town. After spending time studying in Melbourne, Hannah realized the fantastic opportunities Bendigo had to offer. While studying at La Trobe University, Hannah worked several jobs to gain experience and decided where she wanted to go with her degree. After graduating with a Bachelor of Business (Event Management/Marketing), Hannah is now working at La Trobe University, Bendigo. Hannah is a lover and fighter for community and youth engagement.

To book this YIA please contact:

Hannah Arnold

h.arnold@latrobe.edu.au

ANGUS

After many years left tinkering away in the shed with family and friends, this YIA built the passion for all things mechanical and general interest in what makes things work. After taking on a tech based subject at school this YIA decided that he wants to pursue a career in the engineering/mechanical trade. After multiple rounds of work experience to gain skills and potential employment the YIA left school at the end of year 11 to take on an apprenticeship in fitting and turning at McCullochs Hydraulic Engineers where he now builds his skill and craft.

To book this YIA please contact:

Lauren Faul

lfaul@mccullochs.com.au

SHARI

Shari is a fourth-generation sheep grazier from the Mitiamo area on the Patho Plains. Since returning from far north Queensland to the family property early this year Shari has been working for the North Central Catchment Management Authority as a project manager on the Plan2Farm project.

To book this YIA please contact:

Shari Rankin

shari.rankin@nccma.vic.gov.au

JORDAN

Jordan left school after year 11 and tried a few jobs in retail which he didn’t enjoy. He moved into general labour work and found he loved playing a physical part in completing tasks and getting to see things progress. This led him working for Hazeldene’s. He applied himself to the job and his strong work ethic has had him promoted internally. He now manages a team of 28 employees and is coming up to 3 years with the company. He loves working there and is very passionate about always learning more about the job, taking on more responsibilities and constantly improving his skill set.

To book this YIA please contact:

Anthony Tavelli
General Manager

anthony.tavelli@hazeldenes.com.au

LAURA

Laura is currently a full time Viral Production Technician at MSD Animal Health where she helps “grow up” the viruses used in animal vaccines. Her previous roles include waitressing work at The Coffee Club, Bendigo Bowling Centre, and a handful of small café/take away shops which supplemented her funds while she studied at Eaglehawk Secondary College, Bendigo Senior Secondary College, and then her Bachelor of Biomedical Science at La Trobe University in Bundoora. When she was finished her degree, she pursued Honours in Microbiology in a lab with the CSIRO in Werribee. After a brief summer break, she started in a casual role at MSD Animal Health in the Blend and Fill unit, and after a short time moved into the position she currently holds today.

To book this YIA please contact:

Laura

Laura.walker.york.moore@merck.com

ELKE

An interest in journalism and communications lead Elke to complete a Bachelor of Strategic Communication at La Trobe University. Through work experience and internship opportunities, Elke was introduced to Safescape. An Australian owned company, Safescape is the designer, and sole manufacture of four unique products for the mining industry. After completing an internship with the company, Elke is now the Administration and Marketing Officer at Safescape.

To book this YIA please contact:

Allison Deadman
General Manager

allison@safescape.net.au

YURI

As a child, Yuri always loved pulling stuff apart, and sometimes putting it back together. His favourite subjects were Maths, Physics and Chemistry and he loved working on old cars and inventing so he completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical and Material Systems, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing. He grew up in Canberra but wanted to see the world, so has had some time studying in England, sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, travelled the globe between jobs and studying, and worked as an engineer in Canberra, Benalla, Bendigo and a remote mine site in WA. He has been chasing the ideal job so has worked as a systems, project and mechanical engineer at Thales during the graduate program.

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

SAM

Sam always liked to draw and be creative, so a career in the arts beckoned. He studied Graphic Design at La Trobe University and he now works at Stanford Marketing as a full time graphic designer. Sam enjoys applying his skills in design and photography, as well as working on digital projects like websites and social media.

To book this YIA please contact:

Carolyn Stanford
Managing Director

carolyn@stanfordmarketing.com.au

ROSIE

Growing up Rosie was always interested in working with and caring for children, this drove her to complete year 12. Once completing year 12 Rosie applied for her Bachelor of education at La Trobe University Bendigo. After 6 months Rosie decided University wasn’t for her and withdrew and enrolled in a Certificate 3 course in Early Childhood. Upon completing the Certificate 3 course Rosie applied for a job at Lightning Reef Early Learning Centre YMCA, and has been working there for the past five years, during which time she completed her Diploma in Early Childhood Education and stepped up to a Room Leader role.

To book this YIA please contact:

Catherine Field

Catherine.field@ymca.org.au

CAITLIN

A large part of Caitlin’s school years was spent travelling around Australia. This sparked learnings in Australian culture and landscapes, and a passion for outdoor activities, painting and drawing. Caitlin completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability) at Deakin University. After graduating she had around 200 application rejections before obtaining an internship through word of mouth. Caitlin has worked at CSF Proteins, Yarra Valley Water and the former Department of Environment & Primary Industries in many different roles. She is now a GIS Analyst at Coliban Water, making analytical maps for large engineering works to environmental activities, as well as conducting spatial analysis for complex decision-making.

To book this YIA please contact:

Caitlin Doyle

caitlin.doyle@coliban.com.au

ANGUS

Angus was unsure of the career he wanted but sought challenge, excitement and options. He grew up in Bendigo and studied Civil Engineering at La Trobe University Bendigo. Angus started at Coliban Water as part of its vacation program and has worked for Coliban Water since 2010. His current role is Operations Engineer, where he leads a team focusing on the water and sewer networks in the Coliban Water region. Travelling further afield, his role has taken him to Vietnam and Timor Leste.

To book this YIA please contact:

Angus Bowles
Operations Engineer

angus.bowles@coliban.com.au

NATASHA

From a young age, Natasha was a bit of a dreamer, she always wanted to make an impact. Her early years was filled with many extracurricular activities including dancing, swimming and playing the piano as well as studiously following the stock market. It wasn’t until a high school robotics course that inspired Natasha to follow a career in engineering. She was fascinated by the powerful impact technology had on society. During university, she was fortunate enough to travel to Cambodia on scholarship to learn about Humanitarian engineering which further solidified her career choice. After completing a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Electrical Engineering, she joined the team at Thales to use her engineering skills to build vehicles that protect lives. Natasha continues to pursue other interests outside of work and strives towards inspiring others to live out their passions.

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

MITCHELL

Growing up on a farm in north-east Victoria, Mitchell has been immersed in problem solving since an early age. Breakdowns normally occur either late at night or over the weekend when resources are limited. This challenged Mitchell to find creative and innovative solutions to the problems he faced. During school Mitchell always preferred the “hands on” classes where he was able to build things and learn about how and why the systems work. These subjects lead naturally into engineering. During university Mitchell was lucky enough to be able to work at BMW in Germany for a year conducting research and development in their battery technology. On Mitchell’s return to Australia he has landed in an ideal job, developing vehicles and working on new technologies while still living in rural Victoria.

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

JASMIN

My favourite school subjects involved sport & art and I chose electives related to my interests. My first job was lifeguarding at a Leisure Centre. Later after completing my Diploma of Graphic Design I decided to do my cert 3 & 4 in Fitness as there was an opportunity to work in the gym at the Leisure Centre I was still lifeguarding at. My role involves writing exercise programs, program induction, supervising the gym and helping with exercises on the gym floor. I moved to Bendigo at the beginning of 2017 with my family and got a Job at Peter Krenz Leisure Centre YMCA as a Bootcamp Instructor and Gym Instructor. I am now also employed at the Y as a Customer Service Officer, Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer & Graphic Designer. I love having a variety within the one workplace and YMCA has given me so many opportunities to grow. There is still potential for me to progress within the workplace this would include things being team leader and managerial roles. The Y is all about opportunities and helping the community, with the mission statement ‘We believe in the power of inspired young people’.

To book this YIA please contact:

Jamie Roberts
Youth Empowerment Coordinator

Jamie.Roberts@ymca.org.au

CAL

Cal is born and bred in Bendigo. After completing year 12 VCE (Which was a struggle), Cal still had no idea what he wanted to do with his life after school. He applied for University and got accepted into an Outdoor Ed course, but deferred due to not having a real drive to start and complete the course. He was lucky enough to land a Fulltime Traineeship at the YMCA/Peter Krenz Leisure Centre, which he was able to complete his Certificate 3 & 4 in Sport & Recreation as well as Certificate 3 & 4 in fitness. After 4 years, Cal decided to travel overseas and take some time away from the YMCA. On his return Cal needed a change, so he applied for a job at the Bendigo Bank and was successful. He now works as a Customer Service Officer at the Strath Hill Branch and has been in this role for over 12 months now.

Cal is enjoying his role and can see himself staying in the finance industry for many years to come.

To book this YIA please contact:

Brodie Rogers
Assistant Branch Manager at Strath-Hill

brodie.rogers@bendigoadelaide.com.au

SHANIA

I finished year 12 VCE at Maryborough Education Centre. Not knowing what I wanted to do after school, but knowing I didn’t want to go to University at this stage. I love talking and communicating so I wanted to find a job where I could do just that.

I found a local job at Bounce Australia as the Office Assistant/Personal Assistant for the CEO Maria Smith. The Work Culture is amazing and I just love working here!

To book this YIA please contact:

Shania Lowday
Office Assistant

Shania@bounceaustralia.com