Sam Sweeney recently won “Apprentice of the Year for Cert III in Aboriculture” at NMIT Fairfield.
In 2009, Melbourne-based Sam also won a $1,000 scholarship from NMIT – an award given to one student from each field every year; in Sam's case, Arboriculture.
Sam first heard about being a “Tree Climber” when he met an arborist in Canada. His interest had begun with rock climbing and a bit of ice climbing, so the idea of another type of climbing appealed to him. To be paid doing it sealed the deal. Sam started his apprentice program with Citywide in 2006 after travelling for a few years, and is currently undertaking a Diploma of Arboriculture at NMIT.
“Since being at Citywide, I have enjoyed good relationships with each of my managers, and have slowly worked my way up to the role of a supervisor for Stonnington Trees,” said Sam.
“I never got to do as much climbing here as I would have liked, but I have had so many other experiences and opportunities that I have never found myself being bored. For someone who is keen, Citywide is very supportive and can offer many opportunities.” “I love that I do not have to go the gym; work is like the gym.”
The Citywide apprenticeship and traineeship program aims to consistently engage and manage apprentices and trainees in the relevant business units, and conveys our commitment to staff training and development, with the aim of retaining employees in the organisation.