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.

What do YIAs have to say for themselves?

Hear from some of our YIAs or take a virtual tour.

JO

At a young age, Jo’s family experienced financial hardship through a business failure in Bendigo. The experience inspired Jo to go on to study and then build a successful business Alluvia Financial.

Alluvia Financial works with small business owners to educate and advise them on business finances so they can avoid what happened to her parents. “I love seeing our clients find financial freedom within their business so they can do what they love”.


Listen to Jo’s career journey on her podcast. Visit our YouTube channel now at  https://youtu.be/GJsXiuFkAWM to find out more.

To book this YIA please contact:

Jo Doye
Director

jo@alluviafinancial.com

SIAN

Sian grew up in Glasgow, Scotland and is currently working at Bendigo Equine Hospital as Veterinary Intern. She has always been passionate about animals, growing up around them inspired her to want to go into a career that allowed her to help them when they are sick.

She loves that her degree has taken her all over the world, including Australia. Sian loves that her career has given her a wide variety of skills which will allow to pick from a huge range of future career pathways.

Watch Sian speak about her pathways herself on our YouTube channel.

VELIA

Velia is a Veterinary Nurse at the Bendigo Equine Hospital. She has a strong passion for all things horses which is why this job appealed to her so much. Her role involves supporting the Veterinarians in a range of ways including, cleaning surgical tools, grooming the animals, keeping the animal still while they work and a number of other tasks. She believes the strongest attribute you need to undertake her role is confidence, especially when handling the animals.

Watch Velia speak about her career pathway herself on our YouTube channel. 

ISOBEL

Isobel grew up in northern regional Victoria on a family dairy farm. After finishing high school she was uncertain about what she wanted to do as a career, but eventually moved to Bendigo to complete a Bachelor of Business (Event Management and Marketing).

She now works as a Marketing Coordinator where she undertakes various jobs involving marketing, advertising and communications. She especially enjoys developing marketing strategies for organisations that suit their needs and will help them to achieve their goals.


Listen to Isobel’s career journey via her podcast on our YouTube Channel. Head to https://youtu.be/Cigr4LGaejs to listen now.

To book this YIA please contact:

Isobel Caughey

isobel@stanfordmarketing.com.au

SAM

Sam grew up in New Zealand and now works at the Bendigo Equine Hospital as the Receptionist and Bookings Officer. She has a long history in the horse industry, with a background in racing and stable management.

She moved into this job to stay in the horse industry after sustaining an injury, she believes her experience is essential for the work she does as well as being able to adapt to client circumstances.

Watch Sam speak about her career pathway herself on our YouTube channel.

JAYMIE

Jaymie is a stable/animal attendant at Bendigo Equine Hospital. Her role is to maintain the stables and horses. Being around horses her whole life, she understands horses better than people.

She would like to continue to expand her education and knowledge at some stage, but loves her job looking after the animals at Bendigo Equine Hospital.

MATT

Matt completed his VCE at Catholic Collage Bendigo and after finishing was uncertain about his career. Matt’s father owns a transport business so Matt serviced trucks for almost a year before being offered an apprenticeship as a locomotive maintainer at Bendigo Rail Workshops.

He is now studying Certificate III in Diesel Engine Technology at Kangan TAFE in Melbourne. Matt enjoys the locomotive maintenance work and being able to travel for his job.

To book this YIA please contact:

Aaron Cassidy:

aaron_cassidy@
bendigorailworkshops.com.au

TEGAN

Tegan studied Year 12 in Melbourne, followed by a year of Human Movement at RMIT. After taking a “gap year” and working in Alice Springs, she realised she loved living the ‘country lifestyle’ and sought out studying Physiotherapy at a rural University.

After completing her degree in Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University in Albury, Tegan has worked in Echuca, Horsham and Bendigo within public health/hospitals. She now works at the The Neuro Practice, in the specialised field of Neurological Physiotherapy.

To book this YIA please contact:

Tegan

tegan@theneuropractice.com.au

TAYLA

Tayla undertook university studies in Bendigo at La Trobe University completing a Bachelor of Business degree majoring in Human Resource Management and Marketing.

Tayla began her career at Bendigo Health as a Recruitment Administrator, which led her to develop further and take on the role as Recruitment Coordinator. Tayla works at Bendigo Health in People and Culture sector and loves every minute of it.

To book this YIA please contact:

Tayla

tlea@bendigohealth.org.au

DEVLYN

Devlyn grew up in Bendigo and always knew this is where I wanted to work however he was always unsure what he wanted to do when as a career. He knew he wanted to help teach others and after trialing a few pathways decided on Occupational Therapy.

He has have completed a Bachelor of Health Science with a Masters of Occupational Therapy at La Trobe Bendigo and further studies in Youth Mental Health at Melbourne University. He now works with young people around mental health, helping them to recovery and develop goals.

To book this YIA please contact:

careers@bendigohealth.org.au

CALLUM

Callum is one of almost 4000 thousand employees of Thales Bendigo, an international organisation with The Australian company being one of The Australian Defense Force’s most trusted partner. This give Callum the opportunity to travel and live overseas.

After completing work experience at Thales, he became interested in the industry and being open to possibilities has led to exciting new career aspects for him.

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

ALEX

Alex thought he was never going to get a job but it was this prediction that  inspired this YIA to become an apprentice machinist in a regional centre where his attention to detail has helped him to stand out and further his career.

To book this YIA please contact:

Zoe Gorman

zgorman@mccullochs.com.au

LIONEL

Lionel 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 where 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

JESSICA

Growing up, Jessica was always interested in finding out how and why things worked. Her favourite subject at school was maths but she was also interested in other languages so she decided to complete a double Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Arts, majoring in French.

She now working at Thales, which offers design, development, production, and servicing of armoured vehicles, which gives her a better understanding of the complete product lifecycle.

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

MICHAEL

Micheal did not enjoy school so left school as soon as he could at the end of Year 8. After one year off school working in a fresh fruit and vegetable wholesalers, he went decided back to school.

Two months into Year 10 he took up an apprenticeship to become a cabinetmaker/joiner but there were not jobs so he worked on a prawn trawler. This diverse range of jobs has lead him to where is in now, working as a Quality Inspector of steel castings at Keech for 3 years now.

To book this YIA please contact:

Brent Bruns
Human Resources Manager

bbruns@keech.com.au

SHANIA

Shania finished year 12 VCE at Maryborough Education Centre. Not knowing what she wanted to do after school, but knowing she wasn’t interested in going to university straight out of high school. As a talkative and friendly person with strong communication skills, she wanted to find a career where she could do this.

She was lucky enough to find at job opening at Bounce Australia as the Office Assistant/Personal Assistant for the CEO Maria Smith. She thinks the work culture is amazing and she is happy to have found something she loves so much.

To book this YIA please contact:

Shania Lowday

shania@bounceaustralia.com

JAMES

James was born and educated in Wollongong, New South Wales. He found himself at the University of Wollongong studying Mechanical Engineering and graduated with first class honours.

He moved to Bendigo in January 2017, where he commenced a two year graduate program with Thales. He now thoroughly enjoys working as a design and project engineer at Thales on Bushmaster and Hawkei projects.

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

CHLOE

Chloe originally commenced as a trainee in the Organisational Development section at the Mount Mount Alexander Shire Council, but has now been there now for over two years.

She currently holds the role of HR Officer in the Organisation Capability Department and enjoys her job there.

To book this YIA please contact:

Chloe Burton
HR Officer

c.burton@mountalexander.vic.gov.au

PHIL

Phil’s interests include traveling, water sports, and in high school cruised through on his sporting ability. After school, a fitness apprenticeship helped temporarily but did not offer what he wanted. After trying to secure a new job, he fell back on the family business.

Over four years later he is now a qualified Fitter and Machinist and is proud of the skills and achievements he has obtained working as a part of the maintenance crew. His supervisors have seen leadership potential in him, so he hopes this will open up opportunities for him in the future.

To book this YIA please contact:

Brent Bruns
Human Resources Manager

bbruns@keech.com.au

MATTHEW

Matt did not enjoy the classroom, preferring to work with his hands. After completing his education in Bendigo, he tried pursuing a career in furniture making, but found it difficult to find a job in the industry.

Matt went on to complete a four year apprenticeship in Pattern Making in Castlemaine, sometimes having to commute to Melbourne for theory classes. After a downturn in the industry  Matt was retrenched but, due to his experience and determined attitude, was employed by Keech 3D advanced manufacturing. Matt started on the floor to learn the business, and 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 Matt the job he wanted. Matt worked at a Toxicology lab in Melbourne for three years before returning to Bendigo.

Whilst applying for work in Bendigo, Matt continued to commute to Melbourne for a year before a successful application for a role at MSD Animal Health. Matt is now using his biological and chemical analytical skills to develop animal vaccines for a company with international links.

To book this YIA please contact:

Matthew Lawrence
Viral Technician

Matthew.lawrance@merck.com

SAM

Sam always had a love of cars and it was this that led him to take an apprenticeship after 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.

After ten years, Sam completed a bridging course so he could complete a Mechanical Engineering degree. He enjoys the challenging aspects of his career and loves to solve problems and get things to work. His work with the Land and Air Systems/Protected Vehicles is one of his favourite aspects of his job.

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

KAYE

After completing her secondary education in Bendigo, Kaye completed her Bachelor of Applied Science at La Trobe University, Bendigo. With no available jobs in Bendigo she did shift work for 18 months in Echuca before obtaining a diagnostic job in Bendigo working with pigs.

This led to her MSD Animal Health, where she now works in animal vaccine production. Her current role is Quality Controller, she manages and supervises the testing of products to ensure that they meet company standards. She is very aware of the many opportunities that this international company provides and enjoys the workplace.

To book this YIA please contact:

Kaye Pascoe
QC Manager

Kaye.pascoe@merck.com

NICK

Nick finished high school in Bendigo and after concerns about getting into University, took more VCE subjects than he needed to. With a keen interest in Maths and science, he decided to apply for a double Degree in Robotics and Computer Science.

After transferring to a different University that suited his learning style better, he was fortunate enough to get a paid internship in Germany. It was this internship readied him for his graduate job at Thales, where he has plenty of projects, teamwork and robots to work with which he really enjoys.

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

SOPHIE

Sophie enjoyed Physics at school and after year 12 went on to study 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 at the end of 2016. And in 2017, she moved to Bendigo to undertake the Thales Graduate Program, where she has enjoyed working as a Design and Project engineer as a part of the Bushmaster and Hawkei teams.

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

DAN

Dan has proven himself to be a versatile and flexible YIA. His plan lead him to Ballarat University to study a Bachelor of Sport Management, but after poor results in his first year took some time off to work.

After going back to University and completing of his degree he took a job in Sports Management in Horsham for three 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 her secondary education in  Melbourne, Amy furthered her education and completed 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 One 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 local to Bendigo and loves her city. After studying in Melbourne, Hannah realised that Bendigo had a lot of amazing opportunities to offer.

While studying at La Trobe University, Hannah worked many jobs to develop experience and this helped her to decide what she wanted to do with her degree. With a Bachelor of Business (Event Management/Marketing), Hannah is now working at La Trobe University in 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, Angus developed a passion for all things mechanical and a general interest in what makes things work. After taking on a tech based subject at school, he 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 he left school at the end of Year 11 to take on an apprenticeship in fitting and turning at McCullochs Hydraulic Engineers where he continues to develop his skill and craft.

To book this YIA please contact:

Lauren Faul

lfaul@mccullochs.com.au

YURI

As a child, Yuri always loved pulling stuff apart putting it back together. His favourite subjects in high school were Maths, Physics and Chemistry and he loved working on old cars so he completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical and Material Systems, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing.

Yuri always wanted to see the world, so spent some time studying in England, has travelled the globe between jobs and studying and even sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. Yuri has worked as an engineer in Canberra, Benalla, Bendigo and a remote mine site in WA. He has  worked as a systems, project and mechanical engineer at Thales.

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

ROSIE

Growing up Rosie was always interested in working with and caring for children and this encouraged her to complete Year 12. After high school 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 over 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

As a child Caitlin spent a lot of time travelling around Australia. She believes her interest in Australian culture and landscapes and her passion for the outdoors, painting and drawing stemmed from this.

She completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability) at Deakin University. After hundreds of rejections, Caitlin has gone on to work in many different roles at many different jobs. 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

SAM

Sam grew up in Wodonga before moving to Melbourne to study Medicine at Monash University. Originally wanting to study science at Monash University, Sam was swayed by equivalent YIA into looking into Medicine as a career path.

Six years on and Sam is now a Doctor working at the Bendigo Hospital. Sam currently holds a teaching position within the Monash University School of Rural Health and is involved in researching the motivators for keeping rurally placed medical students on as doctors. Alongside this he is current completing his Master of Bioethics with Monash University.

To book this YIA please contact:

Dr Sam Cresser

sjcresser@bendigohealth.org.au

NATASHA

From a young age, Natasha was a dreamer, she always wanted to make an impact. She had 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.

At 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.

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

Bendigo-Health

JACLYN

After Jaclyn watched her grandfather gradually loose his sight, she was intrigued with the adaptations that his health professionals made to allow him to maintain his level of independence and continue to successfully live within the community. This sparked her interest about health and improving quality of life.

She was inspired me to complete a Bachelor of Health Science, Masters of Occupational Therapy, followed by post graduate studies through Melbourne University. She now works at Bendigo Health as a part of the Youth Mental Health Team which works with young people who require additional support to achieve their goals. Her dog Orlando assists her frequently when she is building trust and rapport.

To book this YIA please contact:

careers@bendigohealth.org.au