Amber Ugle-Hayward and Samantha Winter are finalists in different categories of the awards which recognise the best people undertaking vocational education and training programs.
Wanting to pursue a career that was meaningful, challenging and had a positive impact on the lives of Western Australians, Amber applied for the Aboriginal Traineeship Program in 2020.
Amber said she used her time at her host agency, the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, to build her skills and knowledge and expand her networks.
By the end of the traineeship, Amber was recognised for her leadership, collaboration, respect and integrity.
Amber is a finalist in the WA Trainee of the Year.
In Year 10 and unsure of what career to pursue, Samantha heard about the Certificate II in Government through the School-based Traineeship Program.
Seeing it as a great opportunity, she started her traineeship at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, while continuing Year 12 at Bullsbrook College 3 days a week.
Samantha says the traineeship gave her a major head start in the workforce, broadened her knowledge, helped make connections, and built her independence and confidence.
Samantha is a WA School-based Apprentice of the Year finalist.
Congratulations to both Samantha and Amber, and best of luck at the awards presentation.
If you know someone who might be interested in becoming a trainee, get them to check out our website.