Talented Trainees Recognised in Queensland
AFL Queensland’s Michael Hyndman, has received the AFL SportsReady Trainee of the Year award at a special graduation ceremony in Brisbane.
AFL SportsReady QLD State Manager, Shane Johnson, said Michael stood out among a high achieving group of sixty four trainees from across the state who graduated in 2013.
Mr Johnson said the Queensland graduates, including thirty two young Indigenous trainees, had completed studies in areas across sport and recreation, business, financial services and horticulture while undertaking traineeships at sporting organisations, golf courses, aquatic centres, banks, and other businesses.
“Choosing the Trainee of the Year is never easy and we had a high calibre group work with AFL SportsReady across the state in 2013” Mr Johnson said.
“However, Michael’s dynamic work ethic, efficiency, ability to organise, delegate and manage a myriad of programs, including over 45 Auskick Centres, made him a clear winner.
“His efforts were rewarded with full time work with AFL Queensland, at the end of the traineeship, plus a promotion to a development coordinator role on the Sunshine Coast. His talents have been recognised and he is being fast tracked by his employer” Mr Johnson said.
“AFL SportsReady is passionate about helping young people create a rewarding career in sport, recreation, horticulture, business and finance and we have recently expanded into the arts and creative sector through a new specialised program, ArtsReady.”
The graduation dinner was held at the Queensland Cricketers’ Club on Thursday March 20th and also awarded the HostPLUS Rising Star award to Corey Ward who completed his Certificate III in Financial Services traineeship with the NAB at their Chermside and Strathpine branches.
“Corey was outstanding in all aspects during his traineeship. He really cares about people and is a natural leader who wants to manage his own team at some stage. He has been employed full time since completing his traineeship and has now started a financial planning course” Mr Johnson said.
“Corey is a proud Indigenous man and during the past year he has also been actively involved in sharing his cultural heritage and participating in a number of regional Indigenous events which enriched the NAB team’s perspective.
AFL SportsReady CEO James Montgomery said the company was proud to work in partnership with the corporate sector, businesses and sporting clubs across the state to ensure all graduates had the best chance at success. “It is a huge honour for me to present certificates to this year’s Queensland graduates who come from all walks of life,” Mr Montgomery said
“The completion of their studies, whether it be at Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma level, along with the invaluable experience of a traineeship, will provide these students with a strong foundation for their future careers.”
Mr Montgomery said it was also fantastic to see so many Queensland graduates benefit from AFL SportsReady’s national partnerships with the ANZ, NAB, the Commonwealth Bank and Australia Post.
“As a national not-for-profit company we are driven to give all our trainees and students the best possible kick start to their careers. AFL SportsReady doesn’t just find jobs, we launch careers,” Mr Montgomery said.
“The graduation ceremony is a fantastic way to recognise the achievements of these young professionals, who have all worked hard to achieve success in their chosen areas, and we wish them all the best for their future endeavours.”
IMAGE 1: AFL SportsReady CEO, James Montgomery and Michael Hyndman, 2014 Trainee of the Year
IMAGE 2: HostPLUS Rising Star Corey Ward with Darren Barton of HostPLUS
DATE: Thursday 20 March, 2014