Back in December, TransGrid welcomed Emma Gifford to TransGrid as part of our partnership with CareerTrackers - a national non-profit with the goal of creating pathways and support systems for Indigenous young adults to attend and graduate from university, with high marks, industry experience and bright professional futures.
Last week, CareerTrackers held their 9th Annual Gala Dinner along with over 2000 people comprising of indigenous students and senior business leaders from large household name companies including Westpac, Bupa, Telstra and Qantas.
Throughout the night, selected students were rewarded for their achievements, in the workplace and the wider community.
Excitingly, Emma was amongst one of four students to achieve the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. Her prize is an around the world ticket for two.
"CareerTrackers has opened the door to opportunities that alone I would have found difficult to get access to. Throughout my time at TransGrid and being a student of the program, I have been pushed to work hard and this award is a culmination of that work and how the program makes a difference," said Emma.
Emma is one of TransGrid's first interns from CareerTrackers. TransGrid is proud to be CareerTrackers sponsors and to be able to provide support, training and jobs to young aspiring Indigenous students. Annually as program sponsors we will welcome two interns to TransGrid. CareerTrackers encourages students and corporates to build lasting relationships by welcoming the same interns back year to year with a view to permanent employment placement or a place on our Graduate Program.
Emma Gifford, a Wiradjuri women who joined Corporate Service's People and Culture team for her internship said: "From my time in Corporate Services, a large portion of my experience has come from working within the People and Culture Group. Although continually being challenged, I have been able to take away many valuable skills and new perspectives, both inside the workplace and out.
"I have been fortunate enough to work with most of the branches within People and Culture, spending a large portion of my time in Employee Relations – assisting in policy reviews. However, I have really enjoyed experiencing work in the Recruitment branch.
"People and Culture are an exceptional and considerate group to work with. They have all contributed a valuable lesson to both my professional career and everyday life.
"I have truly enjoyed my time with TransGrid, and the experience has provided me with the opportunity to further my career in the future."
Julie Moss, Diversity and Inclusion Manager and organizer of the internships, has worked closely with Emma and describes the opportunity.
"Career Trackers is an organization we are pleased to be working closely with. Through their intern program they work with both employers and interns throughout the period of placement to ensure the best possible experience for both employer and the student.
"TransGrid plays an important role in being able to provide exposure to and experience in the workforce in setting students up for future success. We all benefit from that and look forward to hosting more interns this coming year."