Having worked in the Vocational, Education and Training sector for over 25 years, Leeann is enthusiastic about transforming the lives of people through opportunities offered via apprenticeship and traineeship pathways.
Leeann has gained industry recognition for her expertise in building businesses through the employment of apprentices and trainees, meeting employer needs and addressing skills shortages in industry.
Leeann recently founded a business which focuses on increasing the number of women in non-traditional trade apprenticeships. She is passionate about this initiative because of its potential to empower women in ways they may not have been before. There has never been a more fitting time for such action which is a social, moral and economic imperative.
Senior Manager – GTO
As Senior Manager GTO, Dee is responsible for the strategic and operational oversight of the Group Training Organisation (GTO), including the Business Development, Risk and Recruitment teams. She is responsible for ensuring risks are managed and mitigated, growth and profitability is achieved under a strong quality, outcomes focused framework, while creating a positive experience for all stakeholders.
Having worked in the building and construction industry for years prior to joining AGA, Dee brings a level of expertise in Sales and Marketing, specifically focusing on diversifying the business operations, creating a more sustainable business which preserves the foundations of quality in service delivery.
Dee is committed to supporting people into employment pathways and ensuring inclusion and equal opportunities are always front of mind, both within her internal team and external employment opportunities for apprentices and trainees through the GTO. With the execution of the correct processes and procedures in place, Dee enables her teams to deliver a quality service while providing an outstanding customer journey.
AASN State Manager – Victoria
As AASN State Manager – Victoria, Ross is responsible for the overall management of the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) and Workforce Australia contract in Victoria. Working with the IntoWork Leadership Team and the AASN Victorian leadership team, Ross ensures state-wide servicing strategies for clients are effective, of high quality, contractually compliant and high-level relationships are preserved.
For over 20 years, Ross has held senior state and national roles in the commercial and VET sectors. He is committed to the development of individuals and the team, ensuring that all staff work well collaboratively and have opportunities for personal growth. Ross is a strategic thinker who thrives on the customer experience, continuous improvement and operational excellence.
Ross collaborates with key stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes for industry, employers and jobseekers. He says, “Everyone should have access to skills, training and employment opportunities, positively impacting that person’s social and emotional wellbeing. Leading the AASN services and Workforce Australia teams in Victoria to deliver these outcomes is truly rewarding.”
Ross is proud to be part of IntoWork Australia, a leading national provider of services that support economic and social participation through employment, training, recruitment and corporate solutions.
AASN Operations Manager – Victoria
In her role as the AASN Operations Manager – Victoria, Jayde plays a key role in the management and delivery of the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) services contract in her region. Her responsibility is for the overall performance of the team and ensuring contracted and performance targets are met.
Jayde is confident in the benefits of the sector because she has “lived and breathed them,” and this confidence translates into quality service delivery, stakeholder engagement within industry groups and networking activities. Jayde’s own educational pathway assisted in her speedy transition from a school-based traineeship to Account Management and Business Development. She then made the shift to the Apprenticeship Provider Space, starting as a Business Consultant before being promoted into a National Accounts position.
Jayde remarks on her journey, “Sometimes, when we come so far it can be hard to remember where we started. That Certificate III Retail school-based traineeship is where I started, and I am forever grateful for the opportunities that came along with it.” She is driven to ensure that others get to benefit from these opportunities and realise their own Vibrant Futures.
Partner Business Growth
Renee has a keen eye for identifying new opportunities to grow and develop AGA’s business to support employers and apprentices now and into the future.
Having started as an Electrical Engineering Apprentice in 1992 and accumulating 15 years’ experience in the VET sector, Renee is perfectly placed to assist employers and individuals to find the right solution to meet their needs. She has forged a career in senior sales and leaderships position within a variety of industry sectors.
Renee believes in the fundamentals of lifelong learning and is passionate about finding solutions to meet the needs of her clients, which is paramount to how she approaches her work.
Faraaz comes with over 10 years of experience in project management. His focus and passion is to make a positive impact in the community by managing federal and state grant-funded agreements geared towards providing education and employment outcomes for individuals, whilst also addressing skill shortages in Victoria. This includes the highly successful Safer Communities program, Flip My Ride, Licensed Electrical Inspector training and the Energy Safe Victoria CPD program.
Faraaz has played a critical role in developing and executing projects, building sustainable relationships with external stakeholders and expanding existing programs in regions across Victoria and nationally.
He is passionate about early intervention programs and their power to shape positive futures for the younger generation. By providing the right resources, support, mentoring and career guidance, Faraaz believes we can create long lasting and meaningful outcomes for individuals and community groups.
Transition to Work Project Lead
Desiree is responsible for the strategic and operational oversight of the Workforce Australia Transition to Work (TtW) program.
She has extensive experience, having worked in employment services for over seven years. Five of those years were spent as a regional lead managing the TtW program.
Desiree shows drive in developing and assisting young people to achieve their goals. She worked in the youth space for over 15 years across New Zealand and Australia, assisting over 5000 young people to find their employment pathways.
Desiree is committed to empowering young people to be future leaders, she says “Young people are our future, and my hope is they will provide a sustainable future for all generations to come.”