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Local apprentice on track for a bright future

Kobi O’Donnell has had a great start to 2019 being one of ten successful applicants for an apprenticeship at Gold Fields’ St Ives Gold Mine.

Gold Fields has increased their apprenticeship intake at St Ives by 10 in 2019 and has reached an all-time high of 20 active apprentices across the site.

In a highly competitive market for local apprenticeships, Kobi (an Automotive Electrical apprentice) sought the assistance of the Jobs and Skills Centre (JSC) to help him with his application and when preparing for the interview stage.

Located at the Kalgoorlie campus of Central Regional TAFE (CRTAFE), the JSC officially opened to the public in September 2018. The local team provide free and independent services for job seekers, employers and those seeking a career change. Services include, resume and cover letter assistance, job matching, interview tips, education pathways, Aboriginal services, career advice and more.

Kobi’s father, Garry O’Donnell said his son is a quiet and reserved young man who really benefited from the assistance offered at the JSC.

“The information provided prior to his interview was invaluable and would have gone a long way to making him feel comfortable at his interview” Mr O’Donnell said.

“The knowledge of the staff at the Jobs and Skills Centre put me at ease on a number of occasions during the application stage, and we are really grateful for their support and encouragement along the way” he said.

JSC Goldfields Workforce Services Manager, Patricia Thomson said the team was proud to have worked with Kobi since 2017 when he signed on as part of the Centre’s (then AWDC) Aboriginal Youth Transition Program.

“We are very pleased for Kobi who has worked hard to be as prepared as possible for this opportunity, it is very well deserved” she said.

“The team at the Kalgoorlie Jobs and Skills Centre are passionate about providing employment and career services for our community, and I encourage everyone to pop into the Centre and see how we can help you get to where you want to be” she said.

Ian McCreath, Superintendent Training and Development for Gold Fields St Ives said all of this year’s apprentices have settled in very well and commends them for being successful in their applications.

“We received over 300 apprenticeship applications and those that stood out showed a good level of preparation across their resume, cover letter and during the interview stage” Mr McCreath said.

“When considering applications we look for candidates who have a positive attitude, good knowledge of the company and are confident in the field they have chosen to study. It speaks volumes and we can tell when work has gone in to tailor the application to the position, along with good presentation during the interview” he said.

“Applying for a job and in particular an apprenticeship can be a stressful time and there are some very good sources of support in our community that assist applicants in being organised and prepared” he said.

“Gold Fields St Ives looks forward to continuing to support the growth of our local community and developing top class tradesmen and women for years to come” he said.

The St Ives apprentices are enrolled at CRTAFE across a variety of trades including Electrical, Mobile and Fixed Plant Mechanics, Metal Fabrication, Automotive and Automotive Electrical, and will be based across the multi operating areas across St Ives.


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Page last updated May 01, 2019