Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Two Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors will share their success stories in New Delhi, India later this month.

Jessica Martin, a 22-year-old section waiter at Sydney’s Momofuku Seiobo and WorldSkills Australia Skillaroo, and Hutchinson Builders national training manager Alan Waldron will be guest speakers at the 2nd India Australia Skills Conference: Training and Industry – Bridging the Skills Divide from 27 to 29 November.

The invitation continues a string of highlights for Ms Martin including winning a silver medal in Restaurant Service at the WorldSkills International Competition in Germany and recently spending time with fellow ambassador and celebrity chef, Neil Perry, in Denmark.

She completed her Australian Apprenticeship in hospitality and has graduated with two nationally recognised qualifications.

“I never expected that being part of WorldSkills Australia and being an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador would see me speaking in a foreign country,” Ms Martin said.

“I hope to relay how important the support and resources I had around me were to my development during my Australian Apprenticeship.

“Practice makes perfect and if you love what you do and use the support networks that are provided you have a great chance of being successful.”

Ms Martin and Mr Waldron are among 50 representatives from Australia’s skill sector including organisations, training providers, provider peak bodies, industry skills councils and government.

Mr Waldron’s role at Hutchinson Builders focuses on increasing the capacity and capability of the company and increasing the number of Australian Apprentices and cadets to approximately 15 per cent of its 1200 employees.

He started his career as an Australian Apprentice.

To keep up-to-date with Ms Martin and Mr Waldron’s activities at the conference, like Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors on Facebook and follow AusApprentice on Twitter.

For more information about the career stories of Ms Martin and Mr Waldron, read their profiles below.

Section waiter: Jessica Martin
A full circle career: Alan Waldron

For more information about the Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors Programme, please contact VET Recognition and Promotion Section Assistant Manager Emma Gaughwin via Emma.Gaughwin@industry.gov.au or (02) 6102 8995.

*Photographs courtesy of WorldSkills Australia