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CHL Trainee Chantelle bags Apprentice of the Year Awards

For over a decade, 34 years old Chantelle Molloy was in search of a career direction to pursue in her life.

And now she has bagged not one but two awards – the “Outstanding First Year Apprenticeship (Parks & Gardens) Award’ by Holmesglen TAFE  and the prestigious Perce Moore ‘Outstanding Horticulturist Apprentice Award’ for excellence both in academics and on the ground and most importantly for her ‘can do’ attitude.

Her life journey shows not only what hard work and determination can achieve but also demonstrates how a timely opportunity can contribute to providing the necessary head start in life.

Credit to a traineeship program started by Community Housing Ltd (CHL), Chantelle is completing a Certificate III in Horticulture through Holmesglen TAFE funded by CHL. She has also been able to acquire an apprenticeship with the company’s internal maintenance unit and is part of a 4 member team that does garden maintenance on more than 130 properties under CHL’s management in the suburbs of Ferntree Gully, Boronia, Mitcham, Croydon and Nunawading.

According to Steve Bevington, Managing Director of CHL Group, “It is wonderful to see that Chantelle’s hard work has got her the recognition she deserves. One of the company’s mission is to provide employment opportunities and to develop job skills within the communities it works. To enable this we have been running a traineeship program not only in Victoria but across Australia and overseas.

In Australia, we have had approximately 20 trainees since the start of the program, out of which 15 are currently engaged in different areas such as general admin, carpentry, horticulture. 3 trainees have been employed permanently with CHL after the completion of their traineeships.”

CHL’s internal maintenance unit in Victoria has two trainees on board, Sarah Larkin and Chantelle Molloy who are on a 3 year traineeship and will have developed skills to work in the Horticulture Industry such as parks and gardens, local council, botanical gardens etc. at completion.

“When CHL offered me the job was the best thing and now it’s surreal receiving the award. I am speechless but I have worked really hard for it. Getting back to study and having a job has enabled me to get back on my two feet. For someone who had self-confidence issues, I feel so much more confident and independent now,” says Chantelle.

Chantelle has also won $1000 sponsored by the Rotary Club Oakleigh in recognition for her outstanding efforts.

Beaming with happiness and pride, Chantelle says, “I hope to stay at CHL for the next 10 years if possible as it is a great company. I am thankful to them for the opportunity which has today led me to where I am.”

“They most definitely will have a chance to continue on their employment after the completion of their traineeship period if they wish to do so”, Steve adds.


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