Traineeship proves to be a step in the right direction

Traineeship proves to be a step in the right direction

  • Published on Friday 16 September, 2016
  • 2 min. to read


When work in the aluminium boat building industry became inconsistent, Wade Poyser decided it was time to change his career path and gain new skills.

He accepted a role in the Finance Department at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and was signed into a Certificate III in Business by MEGT.


Wade, a proud Aboriginal man from Mardgany country in South-West Queensland, joined the university through their Indigenous Traineeship Program. This program was developed to provide educational, employment and career development opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


This career change proved to be the right move. With the support of his trainer and his employer, Wade was recently named Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year at the Metro Queensland Regional Training Awards.


With his focus now on a career in the military, Wade sees his traineeship and this award as valuable stepping stones towards this goal.

Not only has this experience provided him with transferrable skills such as effective communication, professionalism and time management, but he believes he may also now have the edge over the competition.

“This is very beneficial for my future ambitions as it will present well to the Special Forces selection panel and improve my competitiveness against other applicants,” he said.


Indigenous Employment Coordinator at QUT, Troy Casey (from Kamilaroi country North-West NSW), is thrilled that Wade’s hard work has been recognised and is excited to see what the future holds for the trainee.


We are extremely proud of Wade’s achievements and look forward to watching him continue to grow as he embarks on his career within the Australian Defence Force,” he said.


The team at MEGT is also very proud of Wade for his achievements so far and wish him all the best for his future. Well done Wade!