Matt’s South Mentor Visit

The power of mentoring face-to-face allows for a mentor and mentee (trainee) to connect; chat; celebrate; acknowledge – both the positives and challenges and to stay genuinely engaged.  Last week I travelled to Bunbury, Collie and Williams to see several Nudge trainees.  I enjoy driving and travelling to regional places in WA, as the change of scene does wonders to ones frame of mind and whilst being there for work, it is a time to reflect and to recharge.  I enjoy engaging with the trainees as they share their stories and experiences from their traineeship pathway.

Eliza Crowe has been a Business Admin trainee with The Forrest Products Commission (FPC) in Bunbury for almost two years.  She has finished a Certificate III in Business and is currently completing a Certificate IV Business.

Eliza was asked what has been her favourite aspect of the traineeship so far?  She shared, “It is the many work connections and friendships, they are a definite highlight for me – I enjoy the mateship in the office and with my colleagues – it has helped me grow my confidence”.   Eliza continues to make a positive impact on those she works with.  Keep up the great work Eliza.

Eliza Crowe, FPC Business Trainee & Matt.

Mariah Yarran is a Business Admin trainee with Fulton Hogan in Bunbury where she is completing a Certificate III in Business as part of the road network support (office) crew.

Mariah shared her favourite aspect of the traineeship, “I enjoy working with a fantastic group of ladies at Fulton Hogan – recently we had a combined lunch, and the team unity was awesome – I felt part of a bigger purpose”.  Mariah, whilst on traineeship, is also a developing artist and produced some fantastic works!  Good work Mariah.

Eliza Crowe, Fulton Hogan Business Trainee & Matt.

Shannon Ugle is a Trainee Ranger with DBCA, and works from the Collie/Harvey region – known as the Wellington district.  For just over 12 months Shannon has really put her best foot forward in carrying out all her duties, in communicating with others, including the work crew and supervisors, and they could not be happier with her.

Shannon is diligent, hardworking and has enjoyed learning new things, in particular Nature Cons, a range of tasks and duties associated to bird and wildlife monitoring, seedling growth and transplanting.  Shannon is a fantastic role model in the important work she undertakes.  Keep it up Shannon.

Matt & Shannon Ugle, DBCA Ranger Trainee.

Casey Kernutt is a Civil Construction Certificate III trainee with Lendlease Wheatbelt based out of Narrogin in the Wheatbelt. Casey has been with Lendlease for about 4 months and the traineeship is 24 months long.  Feedback from the crew and supervisor has been promising and highlights that Casey is applying himself fully to the tasks assigned to him, listening, taking notes and working safe at all times.  As one of the younger crewmembers, being placed with more experienced workers has been helpful to Casey as he progresses.

Well done Casey – keep it up.

Matt & Casey Kernutt, Lendlease Wheatbelt Civil Trainee.

I was happy to have made face-to-face contact with four trainees, four employers and to hear, firsthand, the things that are going well, and the challenges faced by each.

Mentoring is a snapshot into the life of a trainee and I always feel privileged to share in their employment journey.  I look forward to the next trip and to visiting more trainees in early 2021.

My best wishes to all for the pending festive season.

Matt Paki | Nudge Mentor
Nov / Dec 2020

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