Todays Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders

A National Leadership Program for Group Training Apprentices and Trainees

TSTL is a five day intensive professional development program for high achieving apprentices and trainees from across Australia. The TSTL program focuses on both career and leadership development.

Sessions cover personal leadership skills, effective workplace teams, and leadership in the broader community. Participants are encouraged to develop their leadership and self management skills, clarify future goals and improve work/life satisfaction.

Participants also interact with elite athletes from the Australian Institute of Sport – learning how passion, commitment and goal achievement is applied in a variety of contexts. They also visit Parliament House and meet with key ministers.

Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders – Mid – late February, 2022

Nominations will now remain open until November 3, 2021

With the agreement of our partner, the National Careers Institute, TSTL will now run mid-late February 2022 at the same venue, the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. NAEN will aim to align TSTL with the federal parliamentary sitting calendar which is yet to be released. The final date will be confirmed ASAP.

TSTL was originally scheduled for 10-15 October 2021, but the the COVID situation has made it impossible to proceed with certainty. We do apologise for any inconvenience.

This means that there is still time to nominate apprentices and trainees for this outstanding week-long professional development program.

TSTL delivers an intensive program of career development and leadership training for some of the group training network’s most promising apprentices and trainees. It is open to apprentices and trainees from NAEN member GTOs.

The National Careers Institute within the Department of Education Skills & Employment is funding the program including airfares, accommodation, meals and program activities for all participants. Leave arrangements and travel incidentals for participants are not covered and are the responsibility of either individual GTOs or host businesses.

A total of 22 participants will be selected from the group training network and three from the Australian Training Awards.

Participants have the opportunity to develop their leadership and self management skills. They are challenged to take their current training successes to the next level and provided with practical tools to assist in clarifying their vision for the future. They also visit Parliament House to meet the nation’s political leaders.

For any questions please contact Leonie Stanfield at Group

South Australia was well represented by four high achieving participants in the 2016 program:

Jake Andrews

Plumbing Apprentice

GTO: Trainee and Apprentice Placement Service (TAPS)
Host Employer:  Jordan Plumbing


Jake began his career in plumbing as a school-based apprentice and excelled early on. In fact, he was the only school-based apprentice competing at his regional WorldSkills Competition.

As a 1st year apprentice, Jake regularly outperformed 3rd and 4th year peers in the quality of his work and timely completion of tasks.

Jake’s achievements have been recognised through a number of awards and he is keen to pass on his skills and inspire others.

While he acknowledges he has a lot of learning and development ahead in both his work and social life, Jake is looking forward to the challenges.

Foster Davis

Diploma of Business Administration

GTO: Murraylands Training & Employment
Host Employer: Murray Mallee Aged Care Group Inc.


Foster completed Year 12 with an ATAR of 90.5 and went on to undertake a Certificate IV in Ministry and Theology at Tabor College. He then enrolled in a Bachelor of Communication in Media and Culture at the University of South Australia. He found the course didn’t fulfill his aspiration to impact the lives of other or his desire to practically apply his education so two weeks after withdrawing, he began his first traineeship. Foster completed a Certificate III in Business Administration and has since moved on to a Diploma of Business Administration.

In the future, Foster looks forward to utilising his leadership abilities to expand the ministries he is currently leading at the Christian Family Centre, create new ministries, further his career and personal development, contribute to the growth and expansion of his employer, advocate for further education and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

currently, Foster is in the process of starting a community initiative which aims to see underprivileged children in the local schools supplied with lunch on a regular basis.

Angelina Oates

Certificate III Data & voice Communications

GTO: ATEC Group Training
Host Employer:  Apex Communication Technologies Pty Ltd


Angelina’s adult learning path began while she was working as a spray painter and robot operator when she found her shifts were being reduce – a precursor to the automotive manufacturer’s closing.

She decided she wanted a secure, satisfying and challenging long term career that matched her natural ability and interest and after guidance from a VET Coordinator decided on Data Communications. Whilst seeking an adult apprenticeship, Angela undertook a Certificate II in Data and Voice Communications Pre-Vocational course. She studied 5 nights a week for 9 months at TAFE SA while still working full-time and also gaining Excavator and Loader tickets.

Angelina’s passion is ‘Muay Thai’, one of the most challenging and physically taxing martial arts. She started the sport to build the fit body and mind she needed to overcome a cancerous tumor on her liver and now aspires to challenge for the National 55kg belt title. Angelina’s goals also includ buying a house with her fiancé at the end of her apprenticeship; remaining with her host employer as a permanent, valued employee; and mentoring and providing leadership to future apprentices, including her Aboriginal people. She sees herself as a role model for indigenous females wanting to better themselves and take a chance in fields that are male and non-indigenous dominated.

Shane Ross

Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

Host Employer: Nilsen SA Pty Ltd.


Shane’s fascination for electricity and electrical components started at a very young age when he remembers making his very first torch with a battery, wire and a globe whilst at primary school. This simple device inspired his career in the electrical industry and growing up on a family farm gave him exposure to lots of machinery.

Shane completed Year 12 and decided to enrol in a Bachelor in Electrical and Mechatronics Engineering at UniSA. A casual job let to a full-time positiion as a Transport Coordinator and after a few years, Shane decided to follow his dream of getting into the electrical industry through an apprenticeship.

Whilst undertaking his apprenticeship, Shane went back to University and finished his Bachelor of Electrical and Mechatronics Engineering, receiving 4 distinctions and 4 credits. Future plans include undertaking more courses to further develop his skills and knowledge in the industry, and continuing to learning as much as he can.