Ben Di Battista: A leader in his community
Following the recent announcement of the Victorian Government’s $9.3 million in funding towards supporting the employment of apprentices and trainees in Victoria in the group training industry we would like to shine a spotlight on Ben Di Battista from AGA. He is a fantastic example highlighting the value and opportunities this funding can provide young apprentices.
At only 21 years of age, Ben Di Battista is a leader in his community. With help from AGA, Ben has been placed as a well-respected gardener at Rhododendron gardens in Olinda.
Ben is a valued team member and thrives in giving back to the community, even working as a farmhand on the weekend and raising money for Eastern Health charity last year.
“I love everything about my job. Wildlife fascinates me and it’s the best being outdoors all day’’, Ben says. Being passionate about what he does, it’s no surprise Ben has been recognised for his skills in the industry – he’s won the title of Apprentice of the Year not once but twice.
AGA is one of the first group training organisations in Australia with a focus always on meeting the needs of young people, providing training and employment. AGA currently employs almost 1,000 apprentices and trainees.
AGA CEO, Mark Knox says, “As a not-for-profit organisation, we have over 30 years’ experience in training and placing people into employment. This commitment of funding by the Victorian Government is most welcome, as is the move to funding on a triennial basis – this will help GTOs create opportunities for more people to commence an apprenticeship or traineeship.”
AGA look forward to hearing about more stories like Ben’s.