Northern Rivers’ trainee and Days Machinery honoured at awards ceremony

Brodie Quinn from Murwillumbah and Days Machinery Centre in Casino received top honours at the 2017 HVTC Excellence Awards held in Newcastle on Friday night.

Brodie was named the Indigenous Trainee of the Year for her work with host employer SAE Group and Days took out the Small Host Employer of the Year category.

Despite only being half way through her Certificate III in Business Administration, 18 year old Brodie has already impressed her host employer and co-workers with her maturity and application to work tasks.

After working full-time to put herself through Year 11 and 12 at TAFE in Wodonga, Brodie decided to make the move north where she worked as a barista before applying for the Business Admin traineeship with HVTC Northern Rivers and SAE Group in Tweed Heads.

Brodie feels that the traineeship has given her a firm grounding from which she will never look back.

“I have learnt how to interact with customers, both over the phone and in person, in a manner that enables me to assist them. I have also learnt how to raise invoices, request and process payments.

“So far the traineeship has helped my organisation, time management and language skills. I also feel more confident than ever,” said Brodie. 

Solar General Manager at SAE Group, Raymond Pantic, says Brodie is an outstanding trainee whose work ethic is exemplary.

“Her efforts in the workplace are of a superior standard for her age and, as a company, we have already earmarked her for a permanent position upon completion of her traineeship,” Mr Pantic said.

Since 1951, Days Machinery has grown from a small nursery into a popular business specialising in agricultural machinery and lawn care products for the Northern Rivers community.

The company believes that an essential part of their growth and success has been good management and skilled staff who are well trained in the safety and technical aspects of the business.

Days Machinery Centre Director, Graeme McKenna, said the business has supported the education and training of nine HVTC Northern Rivers apprentices since 2009.

“We’ve had apprentices in Automotive Mechanical Technology, Heavy Vehicle Mobile Equipment, Mobile Plant Technology and Automotive Sales with most receiving an offer to stay on with our business after the completion of their training.

“Our three current HVTC apprentices are completing a Certificate III in Power Equipment Technology and the Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology.

“Days Machinery staff are trained and knowledgeable about the products so they are able to supply parts and service the machinery we sell,” Mr McKenna said.

Winners in the ten Excellence Award categories were selected from finalists across HVTC’s ten regional branches located throughout New South Wales.

HVTC CEO Sharon Smith says vocational education pathways can lead to career success for many young people.

“These awards not only celebrate the great results of our apprentices and trainees but they also reflect the significant role our business and industry partners play in making sure our young people secure quality employment outcomes,” Ms Smith said.

The Indigenous Trainee of the Year Award was sponsored by Klosters and the Small Host Employer of the Year Award was sponsored by C.ex Group.

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Image: Brodie Quinn & Graeme McKenna