After eight years in the insurance industry in Perth, Kariyarra woman Naomi Beath returned home to the Pilbara for a career change.
Accepting a traineeship in Woodside’s Pathway Program, she undertook a Certificate II and III in Logistics and while working in a support role for the Karratha Gas Plant Operations team realised her interest in a career in that field.
Naomi completed a Certificate II and III to qualify as a Process Plant Operator. Her traineeship, which included study plus practical work at different sites, also improved her written skills.
Naomi has volunteered to train as a Peer Support and Mental Health Advocate, training that will help at work and in the community. She hopes to be a role model for other Indigenous people and believes apprenticeships and traineeships are the best way to build experience and skills to achieve career goals.
Naomi was recognised for her outstanding contribution to vocational education and training at the 2016 Australian Training Awards where she was a finalist for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award after being named winner of this category in her home state of Western Australia.