Madison Coelli takes out Riverina trainee of the year award

LEETON’S Madison Coelli has shown what hard work and dedication can lead to. 

Miss Coelli was recently named the Riverina’s trainee of the year at the NSW Training Awards. 

In her short career, Miss Coelli is proving she is a cut above in the agriculture industry. 

Starting fresh out of school at Southern Cotton as a trainee, she has recently continued her career trajectory by taking up a position with Webster Limited as a trade and logistics co-ordinator. 

The awarded was gifted to Miss Coelli during a gala event in Wagga.

“My role at Southern Cotton was an incredible working experience,” she said.

“I took the traineeship thinking it would be a great starting point in the workforce, but really had no idea that logistics would turn into a passion.

“The traineeship with Southern Cotton shaped my understanding of the agriculture industry and local employment opportunities, encouraging me to pursue a career in logistics on a larger scale.”

Southern Cotton’s general manager Kate O’Callaghan was proud to see Miss Coelli recognised for her achievements.

“The Southern Cotton traineeship program is an inspiring and hands-on experience allowing young people to gain valuable work experience and insight into the agricultural industry,” she said.'

“I am committed to mentoring and developing the next generation of agricultural professionals.“

When Miss Coelli first left school she was unsure what path to take. 

She is now proving young people can pursue a viable career while staying in their home town to work and study.

“Working in agriculture is something I had never imagined, but is an extremely diverse and growing industry that has taught me so much,” she said.

“I enjoy the day-to-day hurdles that arise in the role and enjoy the responsibility to overcoming these, ultimately providing the customer with a high-quality product.” Miss Coelli said the award itself was an honour. 

After going through the nomination and interview process, she said it was still a surprise to be named the eventual winner. “I am very grateful to be named trainee of the year at the Riverina level,” she said.

“If I could help just one person understand the training services and opportunities we have available locally, that is enough success for me. So, I was very surprised and humbled to receive this kind of recognition.

“I would also like to pass on a big congratulations to the other finalists. I am very proud to have been selected alongside you.”