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.

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

KEEGAN

After working in a variety of occupations (hospitality, retail, bar work, the wool industry) a comment from a player he was coaching at Under 12s led him to submit his resume to a local manufacturing firm. Eight years later he is second- in- charge supervising  the  furnace and pouring team as they produce quality steel products.

To book this YIA please contact:

Brent Bruns
Human Resources Manager

bbruns@keech.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

EVANNE

After completing Year 12 this YIA started a  Veterinary  nursing apprenticeship but the travel involved took too much of her pay so she looked for something else. She has now worked as a Laboratory Technician/Draughtsman for four years with a local manufacturer.

To book this YIA please contact:

Brent Bruns
Human Resources Manager

bbruns@keech.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

LEE

Lee attended Golden Square Secondary College and Bendigo Senior Secondary College, deciding to repeat Year 12 to expand his desire for learning.  Unsure of what pathways he wanted to follow he moved to Melbourne but returned to Bendigo a short while later.  Employment at the Bendigo Cinemas for five years, saw Lee undertake the role of projectionist, a perfect fit as a lover of movies. However, with the advancement of technology there was limited opportunities for a 35mm film projectionists.  Some casual employment that was not particularly stimulating led Lee’s father to suggest he join the family business.  Lee had never wanted to be part of the business however he accepted and he has been there for the past 6 and 1/2 years.  He is involved with production planning, marketing, branding and some engineering planning. He now wants to learn as much as he can about the various departments of Hazeldenes.

To book this YIA please contact:

Lee Hazeldene

lee.hazeldene@hazeldenes.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

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

CHLOE

This  YIA  wanted to begin working as soon as she could; 14 years and 9 months could not come quick enough. Dropping resumes into shops and scanning advertisements in papers eventually led to part time work as a dishwasher for four years as she completed her schooling. Looking for something better, she cleaned display homes for six  months before seeking  the  greater security that would come with completing a business traineeship at a local legal firm. After two years there she moved to her present employer, an agricultural  engineering  products company. Bookkeeping and payrolls are her major concern but she has had varied jobs as staff and needs change. Often she is the first point of contact with customers and knows the value of first impressions.

To book this YIA please contact:

Catherine Coombs

catherine.coombs@augers.com.au

MOLLY

This  pioneering  female  enjoyed  Maths and Science. The small number of girls doing Physics or Maths compared to boys did not worry her. She followed her interests to become a Graduate Mechanical Engineer and obtain employment at THALES working in their Land and Air Systems/Protected Vehicles section. She is involved in the design, development and production of vehicles for the defence forces here and overseas. She enjoys the challenge of problem solving and working within a high level, professional, productive team.

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

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

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

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

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

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

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

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