In the Spotlight: Trent Mortenson

Trent Mortenson is an 18-year-old Aboriginal student, and is fast becoming a role model in the community. Trent has just completed his two-year-long AES school-based traineeship (Certificate II in Food Processing) with SnapFresh, a catering division of Qantas. He also recently won the Trainee of the Year Award at the annual AES Brisbane Business and Career Seeker Awards.

His supervisors have been very impressed by his ability, skills and growing confidence and his desire to challenge himself. He is so hard-working that he completed all of his study modules within first year of his traineeship. We are also inspired by Trent’s story as he has lived with Cerebal Palsy.

Trent Mortenson (middle) with AES Careers Consultant, Tammy Iselin and Qantas representative, Debbie Lanham

Trent Mortenson (middle) with AES Careers Consultant, Tammy Iselin and Qantas representative, Debbie Lanham

Trent is now looking to start his Diploma in Management, and aspires to a leadership role as a manager for Qantas. He has been kind enough to share his experience as an AES trainee, as well as his future career goals.

  • On his traineeship: “I’ve really enjoyed it. I have developed many new skills, and have started networking and building really beneficial professional relationships.” 
  • On how the AES has helped Trent grow through his traineeship: “I was shy at first, but my confidence grew as a I became more competent with the skills required to get the job done. I now have the confidence and pride to achieve more.”
  • On his future goals and dreams: “I want to get my Diploma in Management at TAAFE – which I’m looking into at the moment. Having this extra experience will help me with my dream career – a management role with Qantas.”
  • On his advice for other career seekers: “Go and get qualified – go to TAFE and definitely work with an organisation like the AES to help guide you. You need to learn about certain careers to find out if they fit your personality and study gives you this knowledge. You get a mixture of theory and experience, which is beneficial. Having a mentor at the AES has been awesome too – being able to chat regularly and receive advice is useful and helps you not get overwhelmed, or bored or defeated.”

Trent is an excellent role model for future Indigenous trainees, and the AES is proud to share his story, achievements and future goals and eager to watch as he pursues his dream in securing a long term career with Qantas.  If you are inspired by Trent’s story, and interested in learning more about how the AES can assist you in gaining experience, knowledge and direction through a traineeship, check out our Facebook page or stop in to your local AES office.


2012 AES Traineeship Graduation Ceremonies – Spotlight on Kempsey, Darwin and Alice Springs


AES graduation season has arrived! Throughout November and December, AES offices nationwide are hosting graduation ceremonies to celebrate each school-based and full-time trainee’s successful completion of their traineeship.

A huge congratulations to all AES graduating trainees – each trainee has worked very hard and the AES is thrilled to be a part of their journey to secure a long-term career!

The first wave of graduations is complete, which saw ceremonies held by the Darwin, Kempsey and Alice Springs branches.  Read on to find out more.


AES Darwin

The AES Darwin branch held an evening ceremony at the Jetty Wharf Restaurant in Darwin.  Congratulations to the two graduating trainees, Shanece Liddy-Wilde who completed her traineeship with CBA Casuarina, and Jaylene Ross who completed hers with Qantas Darwin. Over 15 people attended the event, including friends, family, representatives from CBA and Qantas. 

Graduating trainees Jaylene Ross and Shanice Liddy-Wilde

Graduating trainees Jaylene Ross and Shanice Liddy-Wilde


AES Kempsey

The AES Kempsey office celebrated its graduating trainees with a lunch ceremony at Opal Cove, Coffs Harbour. Over 60 people attended the event and enjoyed a Welcome to Country by Elder Uncle Terry Donovan, as well as guest speeches by representatives from ANZ, CBA, Australian Hearing, Housing NSW and State Training Service. Congratulations to the 12 graduating trainees!

Graduating trainees: Sam Kapeen (SBT with CBA Yamba), Jai Beetson (SBT + FTT with ANZ Byron Bay), Kade Grade, Reanna Stacey (SBT with NAB Nambucca Heads), Maddy Duroux-Bloem and their Account Consultant, Gai Southwell

Graduating trainees: Sam Kapeen (SBT with CBA Yamba), Jai Beetson (SBT + FTT with ANZ Byron Bay), Kade Grade, Reanna Stacey (SBT with NAB Nambucca Heads), Maddy Duroux-Bloem and their Account Consultant, Gai Southwell


Alice Springs

The Alice Springs graduation ceremony was an intimate evening event, held at Barra on Todd Restaurant, at The Chiefly Resort, in central Alice Springs. Congratulations to Serafina Craig for completing her certificate II Business, and traineeship with the Alice Springs Bank SA branch.

School Based Trainee Serafina Craig and Alice Springs AES Business Development and Operations Manager Tania Kells

School Based Trainee Serafina Craig and Alice Springs AES Business Development and Operations Manager Tania Kells

AES makes a splash in Waterloo: New office and new opportunities for career seekers

The Aboriginal Employment Strategy is proud to announce the official opening of its new office in Waterloo, Sydney. Last Friday 19 October, almost 100 career seekers, corporate partners and community members gathered to celebrate the opening.

The Hon. Victor Dominello, MP, Minister for Citizenship and Communities, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs officially opened the new office.

“I am delighted to officially open the AES’ new Waterloo office today.  The strategic location of the office will enable the AES to create a wealth of new employment and training opportunities for Indigenous people living in the inner-city area, and help facilitate change within the local community.”

Attendees had the privilege of hearing Emily Lyons, a full-time trainee, share her personal story about how the AES supports her to achieve her career goals. Currently working with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Emily has become an inspiration for many Indigenous Career Seekers in the community.

Emily delivers her AES story

Emily delivers her AES story

Festivities began with a traditional smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country, performed by Uncle Max Eulo. Once the official proceedings concluded, the AES Waterloo team put on a barbecue for guests and members of the local community.

Uncle Max Eulo performs traditional smoking ceremony

Uncle Max Eulo performs traditional smoking ceremony

For information on how the AES Waterloo can help you secure a long-term career, send us a message via the AES website or Facebook page, or come visit the new office at 631-633 Elizabeth Street, Waterloo.

Traineeship opportunities with leading resource company, Woodside

Woodside is one of Australia’s leading resources organisations and is the largest operator of oil and gas production in the country. We have some awesome opportunities this week for career seekers living in Western Australia who are seeking experience in business and administration sectors of the oil and gas industries. There are two main types of traineeships on offer, with numerous available places in each:


These 12 month traineeships provide an opportunity to acquire skills to work in an office environment. In addition, you will be able to further develop your communication and business skills. Following successful completion of your traineeship, you will receive a Certification II or III in Business.


These traineeships are open to Year 11 and 12  students who, in addition to graduating from secondary school, receive a Certificate II in Business and a history of paid employment.

To apply for any of these opportunities, you will need to complete an application form and send it and your resume to the AES PerthApplications close Wednesday 31st October 2012, so get in quick if you are interested!

To obtain an application form or for more information, please contact us via the AES Facebook page, or you can contact Jaime Rayson at AES Perth directly on (08) 6365 5160, or via email

In the Spotlight: David Nogar

David Nogar is a bright young trainee from the AES Townsville office who is achieving some fantastic success in a number of exciting areas.

Currently, David is undertaking a school-based traineeship with the Holiday Inn Townsville. He is in Year 11 at school, and is also studying a Certificate III – Hospitality. After gaining exposure to many different aspects of the hospitality industry, David has decided to build his career in the food and beverage sector.

The relationship David has formed with the Holiday Inn Townsville through his traineeship facilitated by the AES, has enabled him to enhance his skills and understanding of the hospitality industry. It has also opened up a long-term career opportunity for David to pursue with the hotel.

In addition, David is also a contracted football player for the North Queensland Cowboys under-16 team. During an intense week long training camp, the team gained skills and motivation that only an intense training camp of this kind could offer. At the end of the week, David, who is a winger, and his teammates saw a 32-22 victory over the North Queensland Brothers Confraternity under-18 club.

David, pictured second from the right, with his teammates after the win

David, pictured second from the right, with his teammates after the win

The AES is proud to highlight David’s achievements in his traineeship and extra curricular activities. We are excited to carry on our relationship with David as we watch him continue to grow into a leader and role model in the Townsville community.

Interested in finding out how AES can help you open up a long-term career path? You can get in touch with us through the Facebook page or the AES website, or you can contact your local office directly.