For continually striving to further his career in the mining industry through qualifications, Nathan Anderson has won this year's Young Achiever of the Year award.
After finishing school, Anderson completed an apprenticeship in Light Metal Fabrication and gained a fulltime tradesman role.
While Anderson enjoyed his trade, he felt he needed a career change and gained a warehousing traineeship with HVTC Hunter and Centennial Coal's Myuna Colliery.
Anderson said he was attracted to the traineeship because of the opportunity to learn on the job and gain a formal qualification at the same time as earning a regular income.
Anderson's role as a trainee store person involved learning the trade through close observation of colleagues, working collaboratively in a team environment, taking direction from mentors and leaders, as well as working independently to contribute to the daily operation of the warehouse.
Showing he has become a trusted team member, Anderson has also completed a rotation for annual leave relief at Centennial's Angus Place mine.
Anderson is nearing the end of the Certificate 3 Warehousing Operations Traineeship which he commenced during 2013 and was so intent on forging a career in the field that he enrolled at TAFE and completed a Certificate 4 in Purchasing.
This provided Anderson with a better understanding of how the store system works beyond his current role and he hopes to one day grow beyond the position of a store person and become a Purchasing Officer. Anderson managed full time work, fatherhood and footy coaching as well as additional study to increase his chances of achieving his goals in the mining industry.
Anderson has been named one of five finalists for Indigenous Trainee of the Year in the upcoming 2014 NSW & ACT Group Training Association (GTA) Awards.
The young father and footy fanatic is also one of 21 group training apprentices and trainees from around Australia that was invited to attend a Today's Skills; Tomorrow's Leaders leadership program in Canberra.
The leadership program, an initiative of employer association Group Training Australia (GTA), aims to help young future leaders to maximise their leadership skills and career development.
"I'd like to promote a positive image for Indigenous men in my community and inspire other young Koori and Murri men to strive for excellence in the workplace," Anderson said.
Regional Coordinator of HVTC Hunter, Karen Eveleigh, said Anderson had demonstrated an outstanding commitment to his career goals.
"Anderson has received very favourable feedback from all," Eveleigh said.
"He is a worthy recipient of this award and a future ambassador for the traineeship career pathway and the mining industry."