Water Corp traineeship a great start for Gordon

Community, Success Stories

Directions’ Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre (AWDC) identified a fantastic traineeship opportunity which has since evolved into a full apprenticeship at the Water Corp for local Indigenous man, Gordon Ryder.

AWDC coordinator Brenda De Atta has been working with Gordon for some time and saw a Certificate III in Engineering Technology Production traineeship through Directions’ Group Training Organisation (GTO) as a great career match.

Gordon was given additional assistance from our AWDC with interview preparation, including arranging a mock interview to help him prepare.

This was the career start that Gordon was looking for. Having a young family, Gordon recognised the need to provide a good role model to his family, develop a career, learn skills, and gain a qualification.

Gordon made great progress under the guidance of Directions’ GTO in partnership with Water Corporation staff, who recognised Gordon’s potential. As a result of this collaboration, Gordon has since been offered a full apprenticeship role directly employed by the Water Corporation.

Our focus is always on the best possible outcomes for our clients and, having established great relationships with both Gordon and his new employer, Directions’ GTO was happy to release Gordon to take up this great opportunity.

Directions’ GTO will continue to provide vital support to Gordon to help him continue successfully on his career journey and towards successful completion.

Directions developed the Mentoring For Success service specifically to provide cost-effective assistance to employers who wish to employ their apprentices and trainees directly but recognise they can benefit from our nearly 30 years of experience in assisting apprentices and trainees to achieve their potential and successfully complete and gain their nationally recognised qualification. This includes early identification and address of any challenges or issues, and liaison with all parties including the TAFE colleges and onsite supervisors.

By working hand in hand with our highly experienced AWDC service, we are also able to provide a holistic and culturally sensitive approach to Indigenous training and employment and provide great support for the employer as well as the apprentice or trainee. It’s a win-win!