Success Stories

Tiara Lawford: A new gem found in the pearling industry of Broome, WA

KGT VTEC graduate Tiara Lawford has been acknowledged for her dedication and commitment to the Broome tourism industry, having been awarded a $2000 Indigenous Scholarship by the local TAFE.

Tiara Lawford, who is from the Dampier Peninsula in Broome, was recently presented with the award by Skal International Broome for showing dedication and commitment to the industry through her work and studies in the past 12 months.

The success story started when Tiara approached KGT VTEC in February 2016 to join the Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Pre-Employment program. The program opened up a world of possibilities and inspired the young Indigenous lady to pursue a career in tourism, in particular in the pearling industry.

Following the completion of her VTEC program, in May 2016, Tiara secured a traineeship with KGT while hosted at Willie Creek Pearl Farms as a trainee tour guide. Since her start as a trainee tour guide, Tiara’s career has been progressing from strength to strength. She has scooped out the coveted Rising Star award and was singled out for excellent customer feedback on renowned travel site TripAdvisor. And the good news don’t stop there! She enrolled in a Certificate II tourism course with North Regional TAFE and soon progressed to a Certificate III.

Tiara, who aspires one day to open her own tourism business, said receiving the award meant a lot and her aim was to be a role model for other Indigenous people. The world is an Oyster to this bright young lady!

For more on Tiara's jouney, check out this video

Vroom Vroom…Wilfred Cox revs up his way to success

A former Kununurra Clontarf Academy graduate, Wilfred experienced a path full of twists and turns before deciding to pursue a career pathway in Carpentry and Joinery. Originally offered an apprenticeship when straight out of year 12, he was not able to continue on his trade back then. In Wilfred’s words “I was not quite ready and did not know if that was for me. I wanted to have other experiences so decided at that time I had to move on”.

In the years that followed, Wilfred had the opportunity to live different experiences. While living in the remote WA outback town Halls Creek, he came to the realisation that he needed to further himself if he was to become a role model to his family and achieve his goals. “I saw many of the local youth in Halls Creek just hanging around and no aspirations. Moving back to Kununurra and pursuing an apprenticeship as a tradesman became my goal”.

Wilfred is a fantastic example that pre-employment programs do work. In remote towns, they offer intensive one-on-one support to disadvantaged participants who need it the most. No doubt Wilfred (locally know as Willy) has revved up his career to new heights.