Trainee of the Year
Sponsored by Apprenticeships Australia.
Winner: Cameron Smith - Certificate II in Agriculture
Employer: Consolidated Pastoral Company
Registered training provider: Charles Darwin University
A love for the outdoors and a fascination with the beef industry proved the ideal combination for 19-year-old Cameron Smith when the opportunity came up to train on a working Territory cattle station.
Cameron thrived on the responsibility that came with being a vital part of the Consolidated Pastoral Company at Newcastle Waters Station, a magnificent 10,353 square kilometres breeding property in the West Barkly Region. With its open plains, flood country and timbered sand hills; the station carries 45,000 head of cattle including 20,000 commercial Brahman breeders.
The huge workload was evenly distributed among staff giving Cameron a strong work ethic and a steep learning curve into the beef and cattle industry.
A talented polocrosse player, Cameron gained a representative jersey for the New South Wales junior team and often travels across the country for various state and national competitions. He also learned horse riding skills while working at the Newcastle Waters Station which he showed off at the Daly Waters and Nixon Crossing rodeos, picking up awards for the station buckjump and campdraft events.
Runner up: Elle Lyon - Certificate IV in Civil Construction (Supervision)
Host employer: Department of Construction and Infrastructure
Registered training provider: TAFE NSW - Riverina Institute
Last updated: 24 June 2019
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