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Rochelle Sanders

rochelleQualifications: Certificate III Electrotechnology – Systems Electrician

Employer:  Australian Industry Group Apprentice and Trainee Centre

Hosted to: Nestle Uncle Tobys

Summary of Achievements to date:

  • Winner of Goulburn Ovens TAFE – Most Outstanding 3rd Year Apprentice – Electrical
  • Completed Young Industry Ambassador Training
  • Winner of Rutherglen News Bursary – Student Diligence Award
  • Soroptimist International – Encouragement Award:
  • Young Achiever in the Performing Arts
  • Today’s Skills, Tommorrow’s Leaders program in Canberra

 Interests include:

Voluntary Service: Country Fire Authority – B Grade Team leader

Keeping fit and fundraising for local charities including: Rainbow Run, Million Paws and Stuart’s Way

Accomplished Musician and Singer

Motor Bike Riding – including maintenance and repairs where necessary

Computers and advanced programming

What sets Rochelle apart from others is her obvious passion for her trade and for life in general. She is patient and always willing to lend a hand to others. Every day Rochelle finds something new to learn and tackles each task with enthusiasm and pride, whether it be cleaning the workshop or reconfiguring the maintenance team computers because they have proved too difficult for some of her colleagues.

Rochelle’s high level IT skills and ability to quickly assess and problem solve in this area were noticed very early on by her Host Employer when she volunteered to assist in the rollout of the site’s new software and computer system. Having been on site for less than a month this was a bit daunting, but the result was an accelerated introduction to the whole of the Nestle site, some 500 employees, and a reputation as the ‘go to’ person for computer woes from then on.

Over her 4 years at Nestle Rochelle has taken on a mentoring role with the new entrant electrical apprentices, assisting in their transition and ‘fit’ into workplace. Her empathetic nature sees her wanting to ensure new apprentices are not intimidated when asking seemingly dumb questions, as she felt that way when she started, so she shares her own experiences to help new staff feel more comfortable.

Rochelle’s supervisor’s often remark on her ability to absorb information and adapt to differing teaching styles, as the maintenance team in which she works has a diverse collection of electricians and fitters. Rochelle anticipates the differing needs, stands back and interprets information when working with one electrician, then pitches in and prepares the jobs for another. As she progresses through Stage 4 her team manager has added project management to her training and is now setting projects that she must manage from start to finish.

Rochelle was recently selected to work on a major project for the Wahgunyah plant which involved a full replacement of the ‘pick’n’place’ robot arm heads. Working with the Lead Contractor to her host’s business she was highly involved in all elements of the job from the project design and planning, to purchasing, resourcing and practical installation. Her most important role was liaising between Nestle staff and contractors’; keeping everyone informed and up to date on the progress and ensuring there was a positive communication flow.

Rochelle has won the respect of the Maintenance team through her diligence and extreme attention to detail. Production lines not operating are stressful to the entire plant so the team must work quickly and efficiently together. It is a great reward for any apprentice to know they are always the first one called when the tradesmen need assistance on breakdowns. 

“Rochelle listens intently to instructions and follows up to ensure the jobs are completed on time and with minimal production disruption. It is great for all of us to have someone on the team that is so excited about the trade and so driven to be successful. Having an apprentice like her makes the rest of the team step up a bit as well.”
Dave Barkley
Electrical Maintenance Manager – Nestle Uncle Tobys 

“Her ability to simply explain the processes and systems to a diverse group of workers, whilst reassuring us we were not totally silly instantly won her respect and trust from the guys on the factory floor all the way up to the CEO”
Dave Barkley
Electrical Maintenance Manager – Nestle Uncle Toby’s

“What has impressed us about Rochelle is not her high scores, but the fact that every one of those scores has been the result of hard work and diligently following through on study and projects. Many of our top students excel because they are naturals, everything comes easily. Rochelle is not a ‘natural’ tradesperson, her determination to overcome difficulties and her organised, process driven approach to the work and time management is the reason she is successful.”
Ben Lindsay
Teacher Electrical at Goulburn Ovens TAFE – Wangaratta

“It is refreshing to see how she has stepped up to this task. Replacing these state of the art Mechatronic units brings together skills across the broad spectrum of her trade and further into programming and robotic technology. She has handled herself on this project with maturity and confidence that has been well received by our contractors and management alike.  We remember when she started and struggled for weeks to master the basic power tools. To watch her now is amazing.”
Dave Barkley
Electrical Maintenance Manager – Nestle Uncle Toby’s

“I remembered when I first started here, it was entirely overwhelming. The site is like a small city, and for a small town girl it was daunting. I now want to make sure new apprentices feel comfortable so that they can concentrate on developing their skills.”
Rochelle Sanders
4th Stage Electrotechnology Apprentice – Ai Group ATC

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