NAB school-based trainee Claire Stead with NAB Lismore branch manager Marilyn Coles.
NAB school-based trainee Claire Stead with NAB Lismore branch manager Marilyn Coles.

NAB stands in good Stead

Finishing Year 12 with a business qualification and real-world work experience will mean Claire Stead of Lismore is already streaks ahead of the rest.

Claire recently began a two-year, school-based traineeship with the National Australia Bank in Lismore. Up to 40 placements are being offered to Indigenous high school students as part of the bank’s new Reconciliation Action Plan, and Claire was lucky enough to score one.

The Year 10 Richmond River High School student will work at the bank for around four weeks during the school holidays and then one day every week while she studies her HSC. She will finish Year 12 with a Certificate II in Business Studies from TAFE and the invaluable experience of working in a professional corporate environment.

“My brother did the same thing at ANZ and I’d heard a lot about this sort of program. I hadn’t thought much about banking before but it’s a great opportunity,” Claire said. “I get a qualification under my belt and there’s lots of different things to learn.”

NAB’s Lismore branch manager Marilyn Coles said she was thrilled to have Claire on board.

“It’s a great chance for her to experience adult working life and a great opportunity to get an idea if she wants to pursue work or university when she finishes school, plus she gets paid along the way,” Marilyn said. “We’d love to be able to say at the end of two years ‘Would you like a full-time position?’ The percentage of Indigenous Australians in this country does not always translate into the workforce so this Reconciliation Action Plan is an important part of addressing that.

“I’m very excited about training a willing, capable young adult in the workplace. I’d love her to work for me, become a manager and eventually take over!”


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