Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders


The most recent ‘Today’s Skills Tomorrow’s Leaders’ (TSTL) program was held 15-20 May in Canberra.

TSTL is a 5 day intensive professional development program, which selects 23 high achieving apprentices and trainees from across Australia. The TSTL program focuses on both career and leadership development, and was created in 2004.

Almost 250 apprentices and trainees have participated, and NAEN Chief Executive Officer Dianne Dayhew said the program provides a unique opportunity for skilled individuals to extend their leadership capabilities.

The program was launched by National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) Patron, the Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency, General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd).

Work & Training’s Ashling Cannell was specially selected to participate in the program due to excelling in her traineeship. She commenced her Cert 111 Education Support traineeship on the 14th October 2019, hosted to John Paul 11 Catholic Primary School. This involved working and learning alongside the leadership team, teachers and teaching assistants.

Ashling successfully completed her traineeship on the 17th November 2020. 

Business Consultant, Dallas Harding, provided mentorship during the term of traineeship to ensure Ashling was supported. He would regularly meet with Ashling and her supervisor, Roslyn Lamprill from Tas Tafe. Roslyn provided training opportunities and conducted assessment throughout the duration of the traineeship, therefore Ashling had a solid team around her.

Ashling won various awards such as: 2021 Tasmanian Training Awards Trainee of the Year, 2021 Finalist for the Australian Training Awards Trainee of the Year, 2021 Work and Training Jack Kelleher Perpetual Trophy for Emerging Potential.

In a nice twist of fate, current W&T Hobart Consultant Jess Dean was a TSTL recipient 15 years prior in 2006. She described the program as “highly beneficial and built my confidence and determination to work towards goals in my life, all while being supported by an encouraging network of trainees and apprentices from each state and territory in Australia.”

It is inspiring to see living proof that W&T are producing talent of the highest quality, and hopefully many others will follow suit.

Ashling Cannell (far right) pictured at this year’s TSTL program in Canberra.
Jess Dean pictured with Julie Bishop in 2006 as a TSTL participant.