HVTC 40th Anniversary - Samantha D'Elboux

Samantha D’Elboux grew up with a passion for the environment and wanted to get into a career in land and water conservation. After completing school and trying to find the best pathway for her to kickstart her career in the industry, Samantha eventually decided a traineeship was right for her.

In 2016, Samantha completed her Certificate III in Water Operations through a traineeship with HVTC while hosted to Shoalhaven City Council.

“I got a bit deflated with not meeting the ATAR requirement for the course I wanted to do at university. I originally thought that I would have to do a Bachelor of Arts as a bridging step, but being able to get into the workplace and gain experience through my traineeship was that little confidence boost I needed.

“It ended up being the right bridging tool for me that I could use to get into the industry while getting paid.”

“I loved my traineeship. It set me up for my future and gave me the confidence to do what I wanted to do, especially with applying for Uni because, even though I knew I could do it, I didn’t have the confidence to go for it.

“I started studying a Bachelor of Environmental Science but deferred after 6 months and had two children. I am now working casually as a barista, but I do eventually want to get back into studying. At the moment I’m just setting myself up as I want to start my own business, which I have the foundations of, but I just need to kick it off.”

Samantha says her traineeship gave her a foot in the door to the environmental science and conservation industry and benefited her in more ways than one.

“A highlight for me was definitely winning HVTC’s Indigenous Trainee of the Year and TAFE NSW Trainee of the Year as well. I also got the NAIDOC Young Achiever of the Year award and was nominated for a few other awards.”

“I would definitely recommend a traineeship. I already do because I loved it so much. After completing I did talks at high schools in conjunction with HVTC to promote traineeships.

“Throughout my training I was lucky to be supported and have mentors, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

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