As 2019 draws to a close I look back over what has been a very busy and exciting year for Directions.
We have once again seen several of our hard-working apprentices recognised for their efforts with two major WA Apprentice of the Year awards for Anthony Di Cristofaro (WA Apprentice of the Year/finalist for Australian Apprentice of the Year) and Stephanie Hall (Apprentice Employment Network WA Apprentice of the Year). Both Anthony and Stephanie are great examples of the added value a mature aged apprentice can bring to a workplace.
We have also seen one of our own, Samantha Dagleish, take out the BAE 2019 Aerospace & Integrated Systems Apprentice of the Year. This is the second year in a row that a Directions apprentice has won this prestigious national company award. We actually kicked off 2019 with the 2018 winner, Kane Doyle, taking out the overall 2018 BAE Systems Apprentice of the Year as well.
Two of our corporate team have also been recognised by others this year. For her hard work, passion and commitment our Indigenous Mentor and Northam manager Brenda De Atta won the 2019 Avon Valley Business Excellence Awards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee of the Year for the Wheatbelt region. For his commitment to supporting the mental wellbeing of our apprentices our Apprentice manager – Construction Steve Thomas was nominated in the Annual Mates Helping Mates Awards for Individual Leadership.
In a year that has seen a lot of fluctuations in industry and a great deal of revelations about serious issues like wage theft and safety, we at Direction are proud to have continued to set a very high standard in the management and support of our apprentices and we have invested a lot in the relationships with our fantastic cohort of host employers and training providers who help us achieve the great outcomes we get. Those are the critical relationships that support apprenticeship and traineeship training and skills development for West Aussies.
Our second annual Career Directions expo in Northam in September was a major success and we are already seeing positive outcomes for students and jobseekers from that event.
Direction is proud to be making a difference in our community, through our new Community Support Through Traineeships program, which sees us fully fund trainees for 12 months with other charity and community not for profit organisations to help them build internal capability and continue the great work they do. Our goal for 2020 is to continue to build on this and other initiatives we are developing, all toward supporting our continuing mission; to support social and economic development in our community and its people through skills development and employment.
There have been many events, many highlights; too many to list. I am proud to lead the team I lead to do the work we do, every day. I am proud of their passion and their dedication to a fresh approach to apprentice and trainee training and workforce development and to delivering great results for all our clients.
May I wish you all a very safe and happy holiday season and a prosperous and successful new year. We look forward to working with you in 2020.