A green thumbs up for Grace
“I’ve learned a lot about myself while doing the course. I am super passionate about what I do and it’s definitely the right thing for me.”Grace Mattingley
Being awarded the Trainee / Apprentice of the Year for her problem-solving capacity, adaptability and emerging leadership skills, Certificate II Horticulture student, Grace Mattingley is the embodiment of the award, demonstrating a learning curve that was as rapid as it was fruitful.
Grace first came to CCG as a secondary school student, completing Horticulture as part of her VET DSS studies. She then secured an apprenticeship with Narkabundah Wildflower Nursery and returned to CCG to complete her Certificate III in Horticulture qualification.
During COVID, when study moved online, Grace continued to dig deep and adapt to the new demands, either seeking solutions to issues herself, or finding answers by consulting others. She built her skills in word processing, the Latin binomial system and the practical tools and machinery required for her chosen field.
She completed her studies in just one year, and says that it is clear has found her calling. She has taken on increasing responsibility at the Nursery and has applied her newfound knowledge with relish. She makes key decisions on irrigation schedules and general crop care, and supervises the full operations of the nursery when her manager is on leave.
Grace has been a great team player, a willing participant in group activities and someone the other students could approach for help and support. Overall, she has proven to be an outstanding recipient of the award.
According to trainer Tony Bundock, “What makes Grace a stand-out student is her passion for horticulture. She has a thirst for knowledge and steps up to every opportunity.”
The Trainee / Apprentice of the Year Award is presented to an individual who is undertaking a traineeship/apprenticeship and has been outstanding in all aspects of their training.