Natalie Samuel feels like luck is on her side after taking out the Tropical North Queensland Bob Marshman Trainee of the year award.
This Queensland Training Award recognises the progress Natalie has made, not only in completing her 12-month Certificate III in Business Administration but also in her developing career. The Traineeship has assisted Natalie to grow into a professional role with our organisation.
Undertaking the Traineeship while employed by Community Owned Enterprises (COE), Natalie credits the support she received from Program Manager Scott McAlister and Remote Projects Co-ordinator Katie Wallace with a large portion of her success. Natalie’s initative and willingness to learn were identified as strengths in her nomination. While she was not entirely confident an office job was her long-term career goal when she began her traineeship, the breadth of tasks she experienced and the positive impacts the organisation creates in communities helped to define her future pathway.
“I learnt so much through the traineeship, I had the perfect setup, getting to travel and build skills in a range of areas,” she says of her COE role.
“I just want to thank COE for all the opportunities they gave me.”
Natalie also found her passion for helping others growing. She identifies that her own experience helped her to see how the organisation could support other young people into employment and the satisfaction her role in this brings to her.
As she neared the end of her traineeship, the opportunity to undertake complimentary training through another part of the My Pathway group emerged. Natalie travelled to the Gold Coast to undertake Australian Apprenticeship Support Network training with members of the EMG Workforce (EMGWF) team. The training and inclusion into this team opened more doors for Natalie as she saw the opportunity to grow into a new role. Natalie was empowered by COE and EMGWF managers to transfer to an administration role in this team that allows her to further develop and utilise her relational and administration skills.
“I am loving the work that EMGWF does. My role allows me to connect with trainees across our footprint and support and mentor them through their apprenticeships and traineeships.”
Natalie also still works closely with the COE team on projects like their Skilling Queenslanders for work traineeships and she was surrounded by members of both teams at the awards night.
The entire group is rallying behind Natalie as she now competes with other regional winners for a coveted Queensland state Training Award at the Gala event in Brisbane in September. With her growing proficiency, passion, industry relationships and a pinch more of the luck she feels she currently has, we look forward to seeing her on the state stage.