When former Toolooa High School student Montana Connors began her traineeship with Roseberry Community Services in Gladstone, she was a quiet, modest young lady, uncertain of where her future might take her.
Fast forward 18 months and Montana is a confident person with clear ambitions to pursue a long career in the administration field.
Montana is just one of more than 200 people who have graduated through the QGC Strengthening Local Workforces Program over the past three years.
The program is a partnership between QGC and BUSY At Work and was formulated to attract apprentices and trainees in non-resources industries spanning such fields as health, hospitality, administration and child care.
Through the program Montana was able to complete her Certificate III in Business Administration and was appointed to the role of Business Administration Trainee at Roseberry Community Services in February 2014.
Since then Montana has taken on the role of Business Administration Officer and is reveling in the responsibilities that come with the role.
“I have a fantastic team of people to work with, who are always very supportive. I enjoy working on the reception and doing administration work, like data entry and compiling of reports. There’s always opportunities to do different things and I love being able to help people who need assistance,” Ms Connors said.
Roseberry Community Services is a not-for-profit community organisation providing a range of services to meet the needs of young people and families who are experiencing difficulties. These services include youth development programs, counselling services, mediation and crisis and community housing.
Montana believes the mentoring support she received through the QGC Strengthening Local Workforces Program and BUSY At Work played an integral role in getting her to where she is today.
“The program really helped me focus on my study, ensuring I could reach my full potential. The mentor was always there to help me with any of my questions, whether they were work related or not and I was able to finish my certificate on time. It has allowed me to gain more confidence and I am keen to keep moving forward in my administration career,” Ms Connors said.
To further develop her administration skills, Montana said she was planning to start her Diploma in Business Administration in the near future.
Roseberry Community Services Business Manager, Wendy Marsten said Montana was a great asset to the team and had shown strong dedication and commitment to her work.
“She is always very approachable and communicates well with all those she comes in contact with. Her all round cheerful personality is appreciated by all the clients and staff alike,” Ms Marsten said.
BUSY At Work CEO, Paul Miles said Montana’s success in her administration career was testament to the positive mentoring and support provided the QGC Strengthening Local Workforces Program.
“Montana has made a very positive start to her working life through the learning opportunities and job skills gained through the QGC Strengthening Local Workforces Program. With her upbeat attitude and commitment I feel confident Montana can look forward to a great career ahead of her,” Mr Miles said.
IMAGE CAPTION: Montana is revelling in her administration role with Roseberry Community Services
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