Scholarship Recipient Maddison

My name is Maddison Petrie. My mob is Gangulu from the Mt Morgan region. After finishing school, I had a few jobs before working in a local butcher shop for 5 years. During this time, I had my daughter. I decided I wanted more for myself and family and sent myself to University 2 days a week. After completing a couple core units, I secured an Indigenous Maintenance Traineeship.

Once I completed the traineeship, I received an award in the 2020 Queensland Training awards as an Indigenous Regional Trainee of the year runner up. This award led me to my next role where I am now completing a certificate III in Electrotechnology & Instrumentation as an adult apprentice on Curtis Island.

As a mother of a 5-year-old and completing a full-time apprenticeship life gets busy. With the support from the Waalitj Foundation’s Indigenous Scholarship Program life has become that little bit easier. Knowing what the end goal is, I aim to achieve my very best and know that all the hard work and dedication will pay off. I encourage everyone to put their best foot forward and step outside their comfort zones to achieve success.

The Indigenous Scholarships program is aimed at increasing the number of Indigenous Australians with tertiary and trade qualifications to enhance employment outcomes, with a specific focus in the resources sector.

The Foundation provides mentoring services to support the administration of tertiary and vocational scholarships. The Waalitj Foundation in partnership with Shell’s QGC business is proud to deliver this program.

For more information about the Indigenous Scholarship Program, click here.

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