Industry’s rising stars

High hopes: Hope Taylor, of Cloverdale, is one of three finalists for the prized award.
High hopes: Hope Taylor, of Cloverdale, is one of three finalists for the prized award.

Born in China and adopted by an Australian family at the age of six, Hope is an apprentice chef and plans to use her Asian heritage to influence her cooking.

She gained work placement at a Como restaurant while completing her Certificate II in Hospitality. Impressed with her work, the owner agreed to take her on as a school-based apprentice this year.

She is now working towards a Certificate III in Hospitality Commercial Cookery through Polytechnic West.

Ahmad Sadiqi, of Rivervale, is a finalist in the WA Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Training category.

Moving to Australia from Afghanistan in 2009, Ahmad is proud of what he has already achieved while working in the community services sector. This includes supporting unaccompanied minors and families in Immigration Detention Centres.

He is completing a qualification as a community youth worker, drawing on his own experiences as a refugee to help culturally and linguistically diverse communities, particularly young people.

Victoria Park-based Barber Drilling is vying for honours in the WA Small Business of the Year category, specialising in large scale water well drilling, predominantly servicing WA’s mining industry.

It has a strong focus on training and carries out nationally recognised courses with support from registered training organisation, Trainwest WA.

The company recorded a four-year period without any staff having to take more than a day off work due to injury.

Ascot-based McDonald’s Australia is a WA Employer of the Year finalist, employing at least 80,000 people around Australia.