New Mentors join Traden group Impact session

Traden apprentices and mentors from across New South Wales all came together for an ‘all in’ group session at Impact Centre in Erina on the Central Coast on Thursday 23 February, where Traden Founder Adam Rose officially introduced two new Traden mentors in Chris Hicks and Sam Wykes.

Hicks, a former NRL and UK Super League player who also represented NSW Country, is now based in Newcastle and will focus primarily on mentoring Traden apprentices from the Newcastle region, whilst Wykes, a former Super Rugby player both here locally and internationally, will be primarily focused on mentoring Traden apprentices from Western Sydney.

Hicks and Wykes joined fellow Traden mentors Adam McCormick (Central Coast) and Anthony Watmough (Northern Beaches) for the group session, which included a presentation by Owen Clark from Lifeline’s SOKS (Save Our Kids from Suicide) program, who spoke about how everyone can all work together to combat youth suicide and provided some extremely valuable tips on how to recognise signs of need and how to best reach out when times are tough.

Also presenting to the group was Owen Seabury, who is a Project Manager at John Holland – Australia and New Zealand’s leading end-to-end integrated infrastructure, building, rail and multi-modal transport company. He outlined pathways and opportunities beyond the Traden apprenticeships program and detailed the key qualities that both he personally and also John Holland as a business look for when seeking employees. Owen also expressed how impressed he has been by not only the hard work and dedication he has seen from Traden apprentices, but most notably the positive attitudes they continue to bring to the workplace each day (through Traden’s involvement with John Holland and their projects).

Following the presentations, Impact Gym Founder and Director Mick Ostini and his team got the group moving, putting everyone through an intense physical session on the gym floor.

View video and photos from the session below…