Helene Schmidt

Training generates career pathways

One of the success stories of CS Energy’s apprentice and trainee program in recent years is Helene Schmidt from Callide Power Station.

Since completing her Business Administration traineeship at Callide in 2017, Helene has been working as Health, Safety and Security Administration Support Officer at the power station.

Her strong work ethic saw her win the Biloela Region Apprentice and Trainee Award in the Gladstone Area Group Apprentices Awards.

She was also named as a regional finalist in the 2017 Queensland Training Awards in the Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year Award.

Her achievements illustrate how vocational education and training provides employment and learning pathways for young people.

“A lot of what I studied I was easily able to apply on-the-job on a daily basis. It was great to complete the course knowing the competencies were very relevant to my role,” she said.

Helene completed her traineeship studies with CQUniversity while working at the power station and her group training provider was Gladstone Area Group Apprentices (GAGAL).

She is continuing her learning journey by studying a Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety.

"I’m pursuing my career in health and safety and CS Energy has been very supportive. It’s great to see a positive approach to diversity and CS Energy is supportive of my endeavour to break out of administration into a non-traditional role for females.

"Every day at CS Energy is different and I find that makes the role incredibly rewarding. I work with a diverse range of people and love the opportunity to get out and about to understand the operation of the plant."