If you proof that hard work and dedication pays off, look no further than Leeton’s own Madison Coelli.
Miss Coelli proved herself a cut above the rest on Thursday night, taking home the statewide prize for trainee of the year at the NSW TAFE Training Awards.
She was one of 10 winners across the 17 award categories.
Miss Coelli said that she hoped the award encouraged people to look into careers in regional areas.
“It is an absolute honour to receive Trainee of the Year at state level,” she said.
“The award not only opens many doors of opportunity for my career. It also encourages youth from regional NSW to source opportunities in the diverse range of industries we have locally.”
Miss Coelli took a traineeship at Southern Cotton straight out of high school and has since moved on to work with Webster Limited as a trade and logistics co-ordinator.
Earlier this year, she took home the regional prize for the Riverina’s Trainee of the Year.
Presented by TAFE NSW, the awards honour many vocational education and training (VET) students, teachers and employers working across the state.
While agriculture wasn’t a career that initially crossed her mind, Miss Coelli said that her traineeship allowed her to turn a job into a passion.
“Once I commenced work in logistics and agriculture it sparked a passion for the industry and I haven't look back since,” she said.
“My current role with Webster Ltd has provided me with a variety of opportunities and day to day challenges. This encourages me to continue learning and be a role model to other woman in the agricultural industry.”
The traineeship pathway is one she could not recommend enough.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and I would highly recommend this pathway to anyone wishing to find opportunities locally.”
Passionate about her local community, she hopes to use her voice to promote employment and industry in country Australia.
“I am also passionate about encouraging students finishing school to become involved in the vast range of industries we have available, in order for regional communities like ours to thrive and survive,” Miss Coelli said.
Former employer and Southern Cotton General Manager, Kate O’Callaghan, congratulated her on the achievement.
“I’m incredibly proud of where Madison has taken her career having started at Southern Cotton as a trainee in business administration before being thrown in to the deep end working in logistics where she absolutely thrived,” she said.