Westlawn Finance trainee, Melinda Stewart, has been nominated to become the North Coast trainee of the year.
Westlawn Finance trainee, Melinda Stewart, has been nominated to become the North Coast trainee of the year.

Job success down to perseverance

By CARRIE-ANNE GREENBANK

DETERMINATION, it seems, pays off.

Melinda Stewart was nominated for the North Coast Trainee of the Year award by Westlawn Finance last month, after waiting over 12 months to work for the company.

Ms Stewart said she applied for three different jobs within Westlawn Finance and persisted for more than a year before she scored a traineeship with the company.

Now a customer service assistant, Ms Stewart said she was excited to be nominated for the prestigious award.

"I'm fairly confident. I hope to win," Ms Stewart said yesterday.

She was nominated by Westlawn Finance Investment manager Helen Commerford and managing director Mark Dougherty.

Mrs Commerford said Ms Stewart was nominated because of her efficiency, work ethic and respect for her fellow team mates.

The North Coast Training Awards will be held at Pacific Bay Resort Coffs Harbour on July 14.

Trainees and apprentices from Taree to the Queensland border can be nominated for the annual awards.

Winners get to represent the North Coast at the State Training Awards, held in Sydney later this year.

Ms Stewart completed the Business Administration Certificate 3 course at the North Coast Institute of TAFE before undertaking the Westlawn Finance traineeship early last year.



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