On the 14th of September, Aman Meles scooped two Queensland State Training Awards – the Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year and the Equity VET Student of the Year. Aman has proven even if school isn’t for you, you can still turn your life around with a traineeship and become a multi-award winner. Aman thanks the Queensland Government’s pilot program, Transition 2 Success (T2S) for his turnaround and helping create a pathway into a career in youth justice. He took part in the 12-month pilot program, then completed Year 12 equivalent and notched several certificates in literacy, numeracy and business.
As a T2S graduate, he secured a Community Services traineeship with WPC Group in July 2017 and hosted at the Department of Youth Justice, completing that and a Certificate III in Community Services last September. Aman also won a WPC Group Encouragement Award last year for his “determination, perseverance, collaboration, commitment and tremendous growth” during his traineeship. These days, Aman has a full-time permanent role with the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women and is studying a Diploma of Youth Work.
WPC Group’s Queensland State Manager, Craig Knight says his company partners with Transition 2 Success (T2S) to offer young people a chance to work toward a future not defined by their past. “T2S is proof a young person should be judged by their current actions and future aspirations. The young people we work with are very capable – our future,” he says of the now state-wide program.
Aman now progresses onto the Australian Training Awards in November, where he will proudly represent Queensland in the Trainee of the Year Category.