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 very much enjoy the aspect of assisting people into career pathways that can set them up for life and find it the most rewarding part of my role”.
Long term resident of Broome, Kevin brings a wealth of experience and qualifications to his role of Field Officer. Kevin holds a Diploma in Nursing and an Advanced Diploma in Business. For the past 5 years, he worked as Program Manager for a local organisation running reintegration programs based around education and employment. He also worked in the Kimberley in Halls Creek and Broome as a nurse. Having experience in such diverse roles not only gave Kevin a firsthand insight into the challenges faced by rural and remote areas, but also gave him an understanding of the cultural diversity the region. Kevin enjoys the aspect of assisting people into career pathways that can set them up for life.
“It is wonderful to have the opportunity to develop tailored programs which value the individual stories and interests of the participants."
Coming from the busy city of Melbourne to faraway Broome in mid-2013, it was the mighty impact of nature that struck Mary the most - the light, the pindan, the rocks, the sky, and the sea. Prior to joining KGT as a Literacy and Numeracy Trainer, Mary worked in the TAFE system in Victoria, teaching screen printing in a textiles program.
Mary possesses a number of qualifications which she utilises in her role. She is a trained teacher, holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and is completing a post graduate diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with the support of KGT. Mary's role is a challenging yet rewarding one, and gives her the opportunity to develop literacy and numeracy programs incorporating the individual goals of participants. Some of the challenges in her position are related to issues of access and equity, which are inherent in adult education. Others are more specific to the Kimberley region, the dislocation of people in the area, and the impact of complicated lives that many of the participants juggle.
Mary is delighted to work in an organisation with such a strong commitment to positive outcomes for young people - particularly indigenous youth - and looks forward to the opportunity to take training out of the classroom and into the community.
“I'm really looking forward to getting out and meeting with employers and jobseekers in the many communities across the kimberley and helping them to connect and feel supported to achieve some solid, long-term employment goals."
Courtney Granham is originally from Newcastle, on the East Coast but now lives in beautiful Broome and has done so for the past 9 months. She had been working in a number of towns across the Top End including the Pilbara, NT and North Queensland. Courtney hopes she can develop a brilliant model with VTEC here in the Kimberley benefiting Host Employers, Apprentice and Trainees and used as an example in other parts of the country and develop into a successful, long-term program.
Spencer Lim Joon
“I enjoy meeting and networking with all people from different walks of life and cultures. Being a part of a new team here in Broome, it's very exciting!!."
Spencer originates from Victoria. Spencer lived there for the first 20 years of his illustrious life. Spencer had been coming to Broome and visiting for many years and now he's been living in Broome for the last 6 years. He really enjoys the diverse lifestyles that Broome and the Kimberley's has to experience. Spencer was employed by Serco as a Custodial Court Security Officer, transporting and escorting prisoners from all over the Kimberley's and assisting in Court sercurity. Spencer will see himself growing at the same rate as Broome's KGT Officer, in being a successful reputable organisation giving back to the community and creating exciting new opportunities for local people and businesses.
“Working for an organisation that actually cares about helping others is so wonderful. I absolutely love going out of my way to help others and this position with KGT is perfect. It's a pleasure to be involved in the process of engaging people in work"
Natalie is originally from Perth, but moved to Broome 5 years ago with her family to start a new and exciting life. Before starting the position at KGT in Broome, Natalie worked at Telstra as a Customer Advisor. Customer service was an absolute delight, but she wanted to be more involved in helping others. Since coming on board with KGT it has been challenging yet fulfilling so far. Natalie feels so passionate with what KGT has to offer for not only the staff but the clients also and is really delighted to work for a company that cares so much about others, and assisting in improving their lives.
John (Jack) Chalmers
“I am hoping to assist people of the Kimberley achieve better education and employment outcomes.”
John (Jack) previous to KGT worked in many senior roles in sales and marketing and more recently in training and teaching English in Vietnam. Jack has several qualification including Graduate Diploma in International Business, Certificate IV in TESOL and Certificate IV in Training and Assessments. Jack, his wife and their family have been visiting the Kimberley's since 1999 and were keen to extend their knowldge of this vast region, leaving their home in Melbourne ans moving to Broome in early 2015. Jack believes that by running the SEE program it will improve the participant's lives, their families and the well-being of their community.”