A training journey right to the top…

After taking home the NT Trainee of the Year at the NT Training Awards in September, Kimberly Brewster, Admin Trainee at Darwin LNG, went one better and was named Australian Trainee of the Year at the National Training Awards in Sydney!

This is a huge win for Kim who carries a true story of triumph over adversity. After becoming a young mum, Kim experienced homelessness at the age of 19 with two kids under two, but through her own determination, secured a place in a Vocational Education Training course, and was taken on by ConocoPhillips.

Kim joined the ConocoPhillips Australia team as an Admin Trainee, completing her Certificate III in Business Administration. Kim’s now in the final stages of completing her Certificate IV, and continues to advance her career and skills development, having recently moved into the role of Building Services Coordinator. “I’m a proud advocate of the VET sector and am happy to share my experiences with anyone who needs a boost of inspiration or encouragement,” Kim said.

ConocoPhillips Human Resources Business Partner, Carly Sherren, said “We are incredibly proud of not only what Kim has achieved as a highly valued member of our team at Darwin LNG, but also of what she has achieved in life in general. Kim encapsulates the definition of resilience and what can be achieved when you set yourself a challenge and don’t give up.”

A huge congratulations to Sonny Malmerin-Fejo who also made it to the national finals after winning the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Trainee of the Year Award at the NT Training Awards. Sonny has completed his Certificate III in Warehouse Operations and his traineeship, and continues to work at the Supply Base with Qube.

Big thanks to Kimberly and Sonny for their dedication, enthusiasm and passion!