A 2015 NAIDOC award winner acknowledges family and employer support in his success. By Megan Andrews
July was a big month for Kingsley Coulthard. The talented young man was recognised in the 2015 NAIDOC Awards, being named as Apprentice of the Year (Port Augusta region) and he also completed his four-year apprenticeship. Kingsley’s graduation with a Certificate 3 in engineering and mechanical trade, marked the end of a four-year balance comprising trips to Regency TAFE in Adelaide and flights to Heathgate’s Beverley mine, located near the base of the Northern Flinders Ranges. With the Adelaide trips now behind him, Kingsley’s week on/week off work at Beverley centres on welding, fixing pumps and day to day maintenance on the in situ recovery uranium mine and its satellite plants. Initially contracted through an agency, Kingsley is now employed directly by Heathgate, and is appreciative of the support he received from both companies throughout his apprenticeship. “I was employed on a three month casual contract to start with, to see if I would enjoy the work and also fit in with the remote location and fly in/fly out lifestyle,” he says. Luckily, he never found it a challenge, enjoying the remoteness and the occasional time to himself. “I’m a quieter type rather than a partyer,” he laughs. Kingsley Coulthard Image: Ben Hunt ISSUE 01 RESOURCING SA Spring 2015
“The balance of work and personal time works well for me. When you’re young and single it can be good to get away for a bit.”
Published on Sep 25, 2015
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