Trainee ‘stoked’ at nominations

Nicole Beattie, 20, from Ocean Shores was “stoked” by her recent nomination for the 2010 Richmond Area Award of Excellence for the Certificate IV in Business Administration – in two categories: Business Award of Excellence and Trainee of the Year.

Ms Beattie found out about the impressive double nomination while recently finishing up her work as a trainee for Byron Shire Council.

“It was a bit surprising and quite amazing to have been nominated for work that I was really getting so much out of – I loved it,” she said.

Nicole, who has lived in Ocean Shores most of her life, and attended Ocean Shores Primary and Mullumbimby High, completed a Cert IV in Business Admin from North Coast TAFE at the council as part of her traineeship requirement. She completed the traineeship in February.

“I was based in the main administration area for most of my placement, but towards the end I spent some time in human resources and compliance, which was really interesting.

“Then I was really lucky to get a temporary job filling in for someone on holidays and that allowed me to work autonomously,” Ms Beattie said.

Council’s executive manager of corporate management Mark Arnold said Nicole was a wonderful young person to have in the administration team.

“She showed initiative, was well-focused and was great at dealing with many tasks at one time.

“Mature beyond her years, Nicole assisted many people including staff and the community, and she always had smile for everyone.”

He said the council was very fortunate to have had Nicole on board for 18 months as she was a great role model for young people of the shire.

The North Coast TAFE awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 21 in Lismore.

“After the awards I am going on a backpacking adventure, to see more of the world, but I definitely want to go to university when I get back and study a bachelor degree in human resources and business admin,” Ms Beattie said.

“I would never have considered human resources as a future career path if I hadn’t had the experience at council.

“My time at TAFE and at Byron Shire Council has been a great stepping stone and I consider myself very lucky to have had such a positive experience,” she said

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