Four out of eight Programmed apprentices and trainees have taken home awards at the 2019 Hunter Region Apprenticeship and Traineeships Awards, including a stellar win for Maddison Clarke who took the top prize in the ‘Female in Non-Traditional Trades’ category.
It was a night of celebration for Programmed Training Services, a national GTO and RTO provider who has supported the Hunter Region with apprenticeships, traineeships and training delivery for over 15 years.
‘Female in non-traditional trade’ winner Maddison Clarke completed her Heavy Plant Mechanical apprenticeship with Programmed earlier this year at Yancoal’s Mount Thorley Warkworth site. Maddison is now a fully qualified tradesperson, working with a local NSW mining maintenance company based out of Four Mile and Rix’s Creek mines.
Maddison said, “It was an honour to just be nominated, making it to the finalist was such an achievement! But winning the award for my trade was an incredible feeling! I’m so proud of myself and the tradesman I’ve become.”
‘Surface Extractions Operations – Mining’ winner Russell Paplauskas was similarly chuffed just to be nominated. Russell Paplauskas completed his Dump Truck Operator Traineeship with Programmed this year based at Liddell Coal Operations. Russell is now a fully qualified Operator and has secured permanent employment directly with Liddell, post his traineeship.
“When I first found out that I was nominated for Trainee of the Year for Surface Extraction Operations, I was truly humbled to be given the opportunity to be recognized and to represent Programmed as one of their valued trainees. To take out the Trainee of the Year Award, it has truly been a rewarding experience.”
Programmed Training Services East Manager Connie Scardamaglia is extremely proud of the Programmed winners and finalists. “The Hunter Region Apprenticeship and Traineeships Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of all people building their skills and starting new career pathways in the region. I am thrilled that our people have been recognised for all their hard work and dedication,” Connie said.
Programmed have been supporting Australian industries to fill skills gaps and provide employment opportunities to individuals looking to become qualified in their chosen trade. They also design and deliver training services for their customers, including delivery and assessment of Certificate II and III qualifications in Mining.
Feature image is Maddison Clarke Automotive Plant Mechanic and Female in Non Traditional Trade