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

MATT

Matt completed his VCE at Catholic Collage Bendigo and wasn’t sure what pathway he wanted to take after that. Matt’s father has. transport business so <att worked for him servicing trucks for almost a year before he was offered an apprenticeship as a locomotive maintainer at Bendigo Rail Workshops. He is now a second year apprentice studying Certificate III in Diesel Engine Technology at Kangan TAFE in Melbourne. Matt enjoys the locomotive maintenance work and, at times, travels to other areas of Victoria and interstate for work.

To book this YIA please contact:

Aaron Cassidy:

aaron_cassidy@
bendigorailworkshops.com.au

BRENT

Brent has been in Bendigo his whole life completing secondary school at Crusoe College, once completing secondary school started working primarily in customer service positions decided that completing a Diploma of Business would help him take the next step in his career, has had training in leadership positions & completed leadership camps in his junior years. Now currently working for the Bendigo Equine Hospital as their primary Billing Officer Brent takes care of all ambulatory and surgery invoices.

To book this YIA please contact:

Karen Patterson
Practice Manager

Karen.patterson@
victorianequinegroup.com.au

TEGAN

Tegan studied year 12 in Melbourne, followed by a year of Human Movement at RMIT. Then after taking a “gap year” and working in Alice Springs, she decided that living in the country is the ideal lifestyle and sought out studying Physiotherapy at a rural University. After completing her Physiotherapy degree at Charles Sturt University in Albury, Tegan has worked in Echuca, Horsham and Bendigo within public health/hospitals. Now working in private practice at The Neuro Practice, in the specialised field of Neurological Physiotherapy, Tegan continues to be passionate about providing Physio services to those in rural areas.

To book this YIA please contact:

Tegan

tegan@theneuropractice.com.au

Bendigo-Health

JACLYN

After watching my grandfather gradually loose his sight I 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 got me thinking about all aspects of health and how we can plan individual interventions to improve quality of life. This inspired me to complete my bachelor of health science, masters of occupational therapy, followed by post graduate studies through Melbourne University. This is my seventh year working at Bendigo Health in the youth mental health team with young people who require additional support to achieve their goals, I use my pet dog Orlando to assist building trust and rapport.

To book this YIA please contact:

careers@bendigohealth.org.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 and then as a Recruitment Coordinator. Tayla has been at Bendigo Health in People and Culture for two years.

To book this YIA please contact:

Tayla

tlea@bendigohealth.org.au

DEVLYN

I was always unsure what I wanted to do when older, I just knew I wanted to help, teach others and work directly with people. I explored multiple options through university, testing out a few different courses before finding the right fit: Occupational Therapy. I work in mental health with young people and am passionate about promoting recovery and encouraging young people to reach their goals. I have completed my bachelors of health science with a masters of occupational therapy through Latrobe Bendigo and following this completed post grad studies in youth mental health with Melbourne University. I grew up locally and always knew this is where I wanted to work.

To book this YIA please contact:

careers@bendigohealth.org.au

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:

Zoe Gorman

zgorman@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

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

shania@bounceaustralia.com

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

Matt was never keen on sitting in the classroom,  preferring to work with his hands. He completed his schooling at Bendigo South East College and VCAL at Bendigo Senior SC.  After quite a bit of work experience in the building trade, he was planning to work in furniture making or building but couldn’t land a job. This led him to complete a 4 year apprenticeship in pattern making in Castlemaine, c to commuting Melbourne for 2 week blocks for theory classes. Due to a downturn in the industry, Matt was retrenched and, 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 not 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 in a Toxicology lab in Melbourne for three years before returning to Bendigo. Whiles 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 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

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

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

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

SAM

Sam grew up in Wodonga and completed all of his secondary education there before moving to Melbourne to study Medicine at Monash University in Clayton. Originally wanting to study science at Monash University, Sam was swayed by equivalent YIA into looking into Medicine as a career path. 6 years on and Sam is a first-year Doctor working in the new Bendigo Hospital, having spent over half of his medical education around Bendigo. 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

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 was immersed in problem solving from 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 to engineering. After 2 years of university in Melbourne, Mitchell decided he wasn’t enjoying his course and took a year off to find work as a farmhand and jack of all trades. He then decided to complete his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering at a different university, where he 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 an ideal job, developing vehicles and working on new technologies while still living in regional Victoria.

To book this YIA please contact:

Murray Brown
Operations Manager

Murray.Brown@thalesgroup.com.au

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”.

To book this YIA please contact:

Jo Doye

Director

jo@alluviafinancial.com