Ben Nedwich

2016
Winner
Queensland

Certificate III in Business Administration

When Ben Nedwich was announced as Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year his reaction was one of ‘total surprise’. But for anyone who had seen Ben in action the award wouldn’t have come as such a shock. Already, Ben had proven to be a high achiever, receiving the Sunrise Rotary TAFE Queensland East Coast Trainee/Apprentice of the Year Award 2015, the Overall Student of the Year Award 2015 and Gold Medal in the Business Services Section of the WorldSkills Australia National Competition in 2016.

Having notched up the Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year Award to add to his already impressive CV, Ben is delighted not just for himself but for putting his hometown of Bundaberg on the map as a provider of the highest quality training and workforce. “The award exemplifies that it doesn’t matter where you’re located—it’s the quality of training that counts. I certainly couldn’t have achieved what I have without the people around me who have supported and trained me, all the while being very generous in imparting their knowledge and experience. They are a huge part of my success.”

Clearly, Ben has come a very long way since setting out as a macadamia farmer several years ago.

“Macadamia farming wasn’t exactly a life goal of mine. I wanted to do something that to me was more worthwhile, so I took the big leap to a career in administration. The Australian Training Award is proof positive that I made the right decision,” said Ben.

Ben undertook a Certificate III in Business Administration while completing his traineeship at Bundaberg Regional Council. He found his training an ideal way to combine practice and theory while gaining a qualification which would provide an excellent launching pad for further learning and career progression.

“The greatest part of my traineeship was the constant learning curve; I have endeavoured to learn new things every day to further my knowledge in as many areas as possible,” he said.

On the strength of his output and reputation within the Council, Ben has subsequently been offered a full-time position with the Council.  His long-term goal is to rise to an elected position so he can make a difference in the community.

For now, as winner of at the Australian Training Awards he is keen to be an ambassador for apprenticeships and young people.

“One of the most important aspects of the Australian Training Awards is that they highlight the importance and benefits of training and recognise people who are prepared to go above and beyond in contributing to their workplace and the community. I’ve seen first-hand how quality training can benefit people and turn their lives around. My goal is to spread that message far and wide so that other people can enjoy the same opportunities that I have had.”