To mark International Women’s Day 2017 Skillset would like to take the opportunity to celebrate just some of the many wonderful women of Skillset.
In this our 35th year of operation it is appropriate we recognize our longest serving staff member Amanda Ferguson. Amanda is celebrating her 15th year with us this year, having started as a Field Officer in 2002 back in the days of Central West Group Apprentices. Amanda excelled in the role and was awarded both the Group Training Association of NSW, and Group Training Australia National Field Officer of the Year Awards in 2005. In 2008 Amanda was promoted to Team Leader, in 2011 Business Manager and in 2015 Regional Manager (Southern/Eastern) with the newly branded Skillset Workforce. Amanda exemplifies the vision of Skillset – going above and beyond to ensure the best possible future for all her candidates, apprentices, trainees, staff and colleagues. Last year Amanda was recognized with the Skillset Outstanding Service Award.
Amanda has had a number of female apprentices and trainees recognized at local, state and national levels. Skillset apprentice Sammantha Devlin, last year won the TAFE Western Apprentice of the Year and NSW Training Awards Western Region Apprentice of the Year. Sammantha has gone on to work in a range of prestigious restaurants in London.
Last year another outstanding young Skillset woman Maddison Griffiths-Leonard was recognized winning the NAIDOC Trainee of the Year. Maddison is completing Community Services qualifications while working in her community.
Outside of work Amanda’s great passion is rugby. She was Captain/Coach of Emus Chicks Rugby Union Team in Orange 2005 – 2013 when injury forced her off the field, she has continued to coach since. She has been variously President of Emus Rugby Union Club and Central West Women’s Rugby Union since 2009. She has been a Board member of the NSW Women’s Rugby Union since 2012 and in 2016 had the honour of being the Team manager of the Australian Women’s Rugby Union Team the Wallaroos.
Under current CEO Craig Randazzo the representation of women on Skillset’s Board has increased 300% with 3 new female board members joining recently; Leigh Haywood, Maree Stratham and Jacqueline Woods. Jacqueline is a forensic accountant with the Morse Group, Maree a Lithgow City Counsellor and former Mayor of Lithgow and Leigh is a lawyer with Central West Legal Aid – three amazingly capable women who have decided to contribute to Skillset by utilizing their great skills and experience to strengthen the diversity and governance of the organization. We are very excited to have them join us and thank them for their commitment to the future of our regional communities.
Similarly we have equality of representation of women in leadership roles at Skillset with 55% of all managers being female. Skillset is proud to be an organisation that supports and promotes women and are delighted to celebrate the contributions made by women to our 35 YEARS STRONG history.