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Sky is the limit for Reconciliation Action Plan trainee

Renee Wilmot and Borobi

At just 19, Renae Wilmot has already embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – working on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Renae is one of eight Indigenous trainees who completed a program with the City of Gold Coast and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (GOLDOC), gaining experience to equip her with valuable workforce skills.

The traineeships was an initiative under the GC2018 Reconciliation Action Plan which was created to help achieve sustainable long-term job opportunities for Indigenous Queenslanders through the Games.

Renae received a wide range of experience in the lead-up to and during the Games.

“I worked on the Queen’s Baton Relay for five months which was a great opportunity to give me an insight into how a large event comes together,” Renae said.

“I spoke with Baton bearers and helped coordinate anything they needed. I also developed administrative and customer service skills, responding to general enquiries and packing kits, preparing uniforms and office tasks.”

Renee also worked with the GC2018 Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) team for three months.

“During the Games, my role was to escort the Welcome to Country speakers at Games events, including Trade 2018 engagements, Festival 2018 events and the Closing Ceremony,” she said.

“Working to deliver the First Nations Welcoming Ceremony at Dreamworld is something that will go down in the history books.

“It was so amazing to see diverse cultures within the Commonwealth Nations come together with the Indigenous peoples of the Gold Coast and celebrate.”

Renae credits the program with giving her the skills to be successful in the future.

“Thanks to my traineeship I now have a Certificate III in Business and pride myself on my new skills – including workload and time management, task delegation, working within a team environment and communications,” she said.

“In both roles, my supervisors were a great support and took the time out to train me in all aspects of my role. They were happy to give me challenging roles so I could learn on my feet and were always open to answer any questions.”

Renae said the program was an excellent learning curve and she would recommend becoming a trainee to those interested.

“I would definitely recommend the traineeship to those interested. It was challenging, rewarding and an experience I will never forget,” she said.

“The friendships I made along the way were phenomenal, working on an event like this meant that we had the opportunity to create a great bond.

“The RAP team treated me as an equal, not just a young trainee which meant a lot to me.

“My fellow trainees were all unique and special in their own ways, we were a great support for each other when any of us had doubts and in the end we gained great work experience and a qualification to set us apart from other candidates in the future.”