Chief Executive Officer
“My passion is creating career opportunities through apprenticeships and traineeships that lead to sustainable employment outcomes. My objective is to position the company so that it remains sustainable and to ensure it’s longevity in the Kimberley. I want to make sure that we are still here in 20 years time.”
John holds a certificate of Trade Studies, has a Diploma in Business, a Diploma in Company Directorship, and is a qualified safety practitioner and holds a certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training. John was a heavy plant lecturer at Central West College of TAFE and then worked for the ‘Apprentice and Traineeship Company - Mid West' as a Field Officer before moving on to be the General Manager at Kimberley Group Training. John looks after the operations of KGT, always looking for innovative ways to engage and keep engaged the trainees and apprentices. His future objective is to make sure that the trainees and apprentices remain in stable employment on completing their traineeship, “In order to do this we create a job readiness program around their training so as to get them ready for the workforce once they finish their traineeship.”
“I enjoy trying to break down some of the barriers that potential trainees may have in gaining employment and once employed, ensuring that they receive the highest standards of training available thus enabling them to work anywhere in Australia upon completion”.”
Born and bred in Melbourne, Luke commenced his career as a baker in Victoria before travelling around Australia. Later on he moved to Perth where he worked for 4 years as an Account manager for a health insurance company. This position equipped Luke with diverse skills related to business development and customer service.
In 2011, Luke and his partner took off to Broome, where they immediately fell in love with the weather and beautiful beaches. He accepted a position at a local apprenticeship centre, and felt that progressing into a role where he would be able to have an impact and support young people in employment would be ideal. When a Field Officer position became available at KGT, Luke did not hesitate to accept it. Moving forward, Luke hopes to undertake continuous training to ensure that his trainees and apprentices are receiving the best support possible.
"It is rewarding to look at the potential of development for the KGT site in Broome and lead the team to work towards the big picture”.
Hailing from Queensland’s capital Brisbane, Peter Lean joined the team at Kimberley Group Training as a Site Coordinator and Field Officer in 2012. Peter possesses over 20 years of extensive experience in the vocational educational training field. Prior to re-joining KGT, where he had previously worked as a Field Officer in the Kununurra branch, Peter saw his career take a great turn when he accepted an offer to work overseas in the vibrant Middle East petrol industry. “I worked in places such as Qatar and Kuwait, where my main responsibilities included coordinating and organising training plans for over 2,000 people to suit individuals and industry needs”.
Back in Australia, Peter’s move and adaptation to Broome to work at KGT occurred naturally. Having previously lived in the Kimberley region, he appreciates various aspects of the life in Broome. "It is an exceptional place to live. I enjoy the nice beaches, the afternoon breeze, and all the good fishing".
Peter’s role as a Site Coordinator and Field Officer involves coordinating the Broome office and liaising with prospective and current host employers, trainees and apprentices whilst ensuring services delivered are of a high standard. He looks forward to the enormous potential for growth in the Broome branch.
Peter believes one of the main challenges of his role is to revitalise the KGT brand and engage employers to make a difference in the local community. In the near future, he sees himself leading strategic decisions for KGT and providing excellent customer service to all groups KGT represents, apprentices, trainees and host employers.
“What I love most about my job is the fact that I’m working for an organisation that actually cares about the people they are working with. It is a pleasure to be involved in the process of engaging people in work, assisting in improving their lives, gaining a career and seeing a brighter future”.
Shelley is the Administrator for the Broome office and is responsible for overseeing the general processes required for KGT operations. Shelley focuses on maintaining a positive and happy work environment and her personal belief is that staff should go out of their way to offer high quality service and ensure all clients have a positive enjoyable experience.
Shelley has a sales background and moved to Broome four years ago to find a new life for herself. Initially she secured a position with a job service agency, which developed her passion for working with Indigenous people. Since commencing with KGT in 2012, Shelley continues to work in the field she loves with a company just as passionate as she is.