Richard Variakojis was employed by the Apprentice & Traineeship Company as a School Based Trainee back in 2010.
In August 2021 ATC CEO Stan Liaros was in Karratha WA with the Construction Training Fund board and recognised Richard from the 2010 awards.
Richard was hosted to Eagles Heritage & Raptor Wildlife Centre.
ATC and Richards host employer were so impressed with his attitude and enthusiasm that we nominated him for the Group Training WA School Based Trainee of the year.
Richard won the WA award and went on to be runner up on the National Stage.
He then completed his Certificate III whilst still employed through ATC and attending school.
After completing his traineeship Richard studied a double major in Zoology and Indigenous History and Knowledge.
Richard is currently working as a national park ranger for Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation on Murujuga national park on the Burrup Peninsula, where he is undertaking fauna, flora and petroglyph surveys.
Richard is a perfect example of where a traineeship can take you.
Richard in 2010 receiving his award with his Host employer (left) and Hon. Peter Charles Collier MLC (Far Right)
Richard with the CTF Board (8th from right)
Richard 2nd from right with his team in Karratha