Nathan Anderson, a Trainee Storeperson from Myuna Colliery, took out Young Achiever of the Year at the Australian Mining Prospect Awards, in November 2014.
The Australian Mining Prospect Awards aim to encourage, recognise and reward excellence in the Australian mining and minerals processing industry. Nominations were accepted from personnel in mining corporations, academic institutions, contractors and suppliers associated with the Australian mining industry. The winners in each category were chosen on the basis of demonstrated innovation and excellence in outcome. This year the panel selected finalists from the many hundreds of entries.
Nathan is currently completing his second year of a Certificate 3 Warehousing Operations Traineeship, which he commenced in December 2013. He is employed by Hunter VTech and hosted by Centennial Coal’s Myuna Colliery as an Indigenous Trainee in the warehouse section.
Nathan is a motivated self starter and has also enrolled in a Certificate IV in Purchasing, beyond the requirements of his traineeship, to assist his goal of progressing into purchasing.
Nathan was recently recognised as the NSW Group Training Indigenous Trainee of the Year and was also a finalist in the National Indigenous Trainee of the Year. Group Training is a when a trainee or apprentice is employed by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and then placed with a host employer like Centennial Coal for the duration of the course. “As an Indigenous Trainee, I intend to promote a positive image of Indigenous men in my community and inspire other young Koori and Murri men to strive for excellence in the workplace,” Nathan said.
The accolades earned demonstrate a very motivated individual. “I have set myself a goal of growing beyond the position of Storeperson and gain the opportunity to become a Purchasing Officer, hopefully with Centennial Coal,” Nathan said. Nathan is also a keen footballer and coach, using his leadership, motivation and communication skills to benefit others.