Changes to Graduation 2020

Changes to Graduation 2020

Changes to Graduation 2020

One of our favourite times of each year is Graduation and bringing everyone together to recognise the achievements of our trainees and host employers. Our first priority is always the health and safety of all of our trainees, host employers and our team and with the challenges associated with COVID-19 we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Graduation Ceremonies in Tasmania, Western Australia and Queensland.

Although we can’t celebrate in person, it doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate!

If you are a graduating trainee, we want you to know how proud we are of what you have achieved and how privileged we feel to have been a part of your career journey.

We would also like to congratulate this year’s award winners.

The following trainees have not only been outstanding but have gone above and beyond in their traineeship. They have showed leadership, initiative, diligence and have made a positive mark in their organisation.

Congratulations to the following trainees:


Trainee of the year – Tom Edwards (St Paul’s Catholic School, Cert III in Sport & Rec)

Aboriginal Trainee of the year – Abbygail Watson (ANZ bank, Certificate III in Business)


Trainee of the year – Tahlia Clowes  ( The Services Union, Cert IV in Business)

Indigenous Trainee of the year – Stephanie Rogers (CBA – Ashmore, Cert III in Financial Services)


AFL SportsReady Trainee of the Year – Jon Garlett (Darling Range Sports College, Certificate III in Sport & Rec)

Indigenous Trainee of the Year – Rhiannon Pinkerton (Curtin University, Cert IV in Business)

We chatted to a few of the winners to hear how they were feeling when they found out.

Abbygail Watson, describes the moment “It was an amazing feeling! It is such an honour and I couldn’t be happier when I found out I won the award. After such a big year not just for me but for everyone it is so nice to still recognise our achievements, to still celebrate the outcome of our traineeships.

I also felt proud of myself and grateful for the support around me!”

Abbygail was offered ongoing employment at ANZ Bank.

So, congratulations again to the amazing winners and thank you to all our trainees for your hard work and achievements, to our host employers for providing these traineeship opportunities and to our staff for all their commitment and passion.

Interested in a traineeship? We have heaps of traineeship opportunities on our jobs board right now! Check them out here.

DATE: 4th of November 2020

AUTHOR: Marissa Pagliarello

IMAGE: QLD Indigenous Trainee of the Year, Stephanie Rogers with her managers and State Manager, Luke Morgan.