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Sinoma rises to the challenge

November 2014

The Indigenous school based trainee program gives Sinoma the chance to work at ANZ while still at school

The Indigenous school based traineeship program provides young Indigenous Australians with the opportunity to work at ANZ while they are still at school. The traineeship equips them with the skills and experience necessary to help them complete their education and gain entry into the workforce. ANZ partners with group training organisations across Australia to deliver this program. This video features one very successful participant, Sinoma who started her career at ANZ as a school based trainee.

After completing her school based traineeship, Sinoma has gone on to forge a successful career at ANZ.  School based traineeships take place in years 11 and 12 at high school, with students undertaking paid work at ANZ for one day per week, while staying at school and completing a certificate II in a business related subject.  Full time traineeships are also available for school leavers, with all programs having the potential at completion, for a permanent role in ANZ.

If you would like to get involved in the Indigenous program at ANZ – or know someone who does, please click here to find out more information.

“Sinoma was a shy girl when she first came in for her initial interview, but I immediately saw she had a spark and was interested in the opportunity"

Training opportunities for young people in regional areas can be limited and Mudgee, a country town in the central west of NSW with a population of only 10,000, is no exception.

Sinoma Gilbert started ANZ’s Indigenous School Based Traineeship at the age of 16. As part of the traineeship, she worked at ANZ’s Mudgee branch one day a week during Year 11 and 12, working towards a Certificate II in Business Services with the Department of Vocational Education and Training.

During this time, Sinoma’s mentor and manager was Liz O’Toole at the Mudgee branch, who guided her development and provided support during the traineeship.

“Sinoma was a shy girl when she first came in for her initial interview, but I immediately saw she had a spark and was interested in the opportunity,” says Liz.

Liz works with a number of young people as part of the program, and has seen an incredible change as they progress through their training, from feeling overwhelmed to gaining a sense of purpose and focus that grounds them.

“Over two years I witnessed Sinoma turning into a confident and mature young woman. She took constructive criticism on board, had empathy for customers and was a good listener. I knew she was going to go far,” says Liz.

After high school, Sinoma transitioned into a permanent role at the Mudgee branch as a Service Consultant. She then rose through the ranks to a senior banking role in Sydney and became Branch Manager of an ANZ Sydney branch, at the age of only 22.

“Liz played a huge role in my development, and was critical in helping me reach my potential. One of the key things I took away from the traineeship was the value in learning from your managers, colleagues and customers,” says Sinoma.

“Everyone has a story to tell, and what lessons you take away from that is what ends up shaping you as a person”