Josh Apanui’s first contact with the justice system was as an offender. But now, fuelled by a desire to give back to his community and to break down barriers for Australia’s Indigenous people, the Gold Coast man finds himself on the other side of the law, as a First Nations Legal Executive with the Queensland Law Society.
Josh is one of three inaugural recipients of Bond University’s Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) Indigenous Scholarship. The scholarship covers all tuition costs for the online GDLP for an indigenous student who has completed either a Bachelor of Laws or a Juris Doctor degree, and is seeking admission as a legal practitioner.
Devasehnan Archunan originally planned to pursue a career in tourism, but just after he attained his Tourism Management degree in Malaysia the COVID-19 pandemic arrived and effectively shut down the international tourism industry. While weighing up his options Deva decided to accompany his grandfather on a trip to Australia, who wanted to visit Deva’s uncle on the Gold Coast.
As Deva had spent much of his young life caring for his grandparents, he began to consider the prospect of a career in the sector.
“COVID was a turning point in my life because it impacted the tourism industry so significantly and I began to reconsider my career path”, Deva says. “Taking care of your family members is an Asian tradition and something I had already been doing at home with my grandmother and grandfather, so I thought why not take care of people as a career?”
FurTastic Friends by Bocchetta is a family owned business that designs lifelike plush stuffed animals. The business began in Italy in 1948 and is now based in Burleigh Heads with their toys distributed around the world.
As the business has grown so too has their intake of trainees. Their latest is Ambra, who is currently studying at the Australian Industry Trade College at Robina.
“I’m currently studying a Certificate III in Business at AITC and I like the business aspects of the job at Bocchetta – invoicing, processing orders and office administration, but since starting my traineeship I’ve learnt so many other aspects of the business which I now also enjoy” Ambra says.
Kynd is a new way to connect people living with disabilities with support workers. The Kynd platform allows NDIS participants to match their specific needs and interests with support workers who are most suited to their requirements, while for support workers it gives the freedom for work when and where they want and with the people they want to assist.
Michael Metcalfe says he started Kynd because “for too long the way people living with disabilities and support workers got together was so complex – everything was so frustrating and such a hassle. It’s 2021 and NDIS support needs to become much simpler”.
The Kynd app was started on the Gold Coast three years ago and after some spectacular growth in South-East Queensland is now rolling out across the state, with plans to expand nationally in the future.
Dan the Sparky Man is one of the most successful and trusted electrical businesses on the Gold Coast, providing electrical services to builders, small-scale developers and homeowners. The company had its roots in Adelaide before Dan carpenter and his wife Kelly relocated to the Gold Coast in 2006. Since then the business has grown substantially, currently employing fourteen people, including four apprentices.
“We give our apprentices an opportunity to learn very quickly early on. When I started out I worked for guys that just wanted me to sweep or clean up the van, whereas our approach is to expose our apprentices to a broad scope of areas and teach them up front. We might be working on a new home and they’ll be pre wiring switchboards within their first few weeks on the job. We give them leeway to learn quicker and that benefits us as well. We often find our apprentices’ knowledge and skills are far advanced when compared to apprentices from other employers.”
Riviera has been building luxury watercraft on the Gold Coast for 40 years. From humble beginnings the company has grown to become an internationally competitive force in the marine industry. As Australia’s largest builder of luxury motor yachts Riviera is the jewel of the Coomera Marine Precinct, which is the largest facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
The company has over 600 personnel working on site daily with a further 1500 suppliers providing parts and contract labour. Needless to say, Riviera is an incredibly significant player within the local economy and Queensland’s booming boat industry.
Three Gold Coast teenagers have taken their first steps in a career in the military.
Ethan Blackstock, from Bonogin, Ken Yamamoto, from Pimpama, and Max Brown, from Upper Coomera, are among the latest officer cadets to join the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) having achieved excellent ATAR results in their final year of high school.
From continuing on a family legacy of service, to fulfilling leadership opportunities and embracing new challenges, these young men had a variety of motivations to join Defence.
Traditionally the trade industry hasn’t attracted a lot of females outside of administrative roles, but the shape of that workforce is beginning to change. Ella Flack has been working on the tools as a tradie for the past seven years in a broad range of roles, skills that have come in very handy after landing a job with the Caravan Guys on the Gold Coast.
“I love working here because it brings all of the trade elements together”, says Ella. “It’s like building mini houses on wheels. I’ve always wanted to work on caravans because they cover the basis of every trade – plumbing, electrical, carpentry… you name it. You can do sheeting and welding too – it’s incredible. You don’t get that opportunity in any other trade.”
Rohit Mankame is an international student from India currently pursuing a Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management at Griffith University. Recently he commenced an internship at Service.com.au to increase his skill levels while providing work experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Having heard mixed reviews from my friends about their own internship experiences, I didn’t know what to expect from an internship in Australia, but I was excited to join a new organisation and upskill”, Rohit said.