Indigenous trainees on the path to success

Indigenous trainees on the path to success

  • Published on Friday 19 August, 2016
  • 3 min. to read


The team at MEGT’s Indigenous Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) have been working alongside the Institute of Koorie Education (the Institute) at Deakin University in Waurn Ponds, Victoria to provide career opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Emmalina McLachlan commenced a Certificate III in Business as a trainee with MEGT in April 2015 and was hosted out to the Institute.  Emmalina’s role was to work at the reception area meeting and greeting students.

When she started her traineeship, Emmalina was a very shy young lady. However, with support from her supervisor, work colleagues and regular visits with her VTEC mentor, Emmalina’s confidence has grown and she has developed excellent skills and knowledge.

Emmalina has proved to be a valued member of staff and an asset to the team. She has recently completed her traineeship with MEGT and continues working with the Institute progressing to a new role.


Ridley Livesey joined the IT team with the Institute in April 2015, while undertaking a Certificate III in Information Technology as a trainee through MEGT.

Ridley’s responsibilities were to ensure that students have access to computers, equipment and software that is all in working order. He also assists students to troubleshoot IT problems.

L – R: Emmalina McLachlan, Ridley Livesey, Gemma Evans.

Ridley completed his traineeship in April 2016 and was offered ongoing employment with the Institute while he pursues further studies in Robotics and Engineering at Deakin University. Ridley is thrilled to have a clear career path and future aspirations he is working towards.


Due to the success of both Emmalina and Ridley, the Institute requested that the MEGT VTEC team recruit a replacement for Emmalina’s reception role.

Gemma Evans commenced as a trainee in May 2016 and will also undertake a Certificate III in Business. Gemma’s knowledge is growing, and she is continuing to make steady progress with her traineeship.

We are very proud of all of our trainees and wish them every success for the future! We also look forward to continuing our relationship with the Institute, and the successful results and long-term career opportunities it will provide.