Twenty-two-year-old Daniel Portlock has found career success and cemented his position at the City of Adelaide working as a Civic Events Coordinator and plays an important role in organising some of Adelaide’s most prestigious and iconic events.

Daniel was faced with the tough decision on whether to finish high school, and although he eventually decided to continue with year 12, he was then faced with yet another dilemma.

“I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pursue further study after high school. I wanted to work full-time but knew I wouldn’t be able to juggle both. However, I finally decided that gaining full-time work was my goal and I approached Maxima after seeing a job advertisement with the intention of securing a blue-collar job,” says Daniel.

Daniel met with Group Training Consultant and mentor, Denise Clarke, who after meeting with him for the first time, discovered his underlying passion for Tourism – his favourite subject in year 12. Denise proposed the idea of a traineeship to Daniel, and despite it not being his first choice, Daniel was ecstatic at the thought and happily surprised.

It wasn’t long until Daniel won the traineeship at the City of Adelaide and began studying a Certificate III in Business. Two years later, he was offered a permanent full-time position and has received outstanding feedback on his careful organisation of many successful civic events. To top off his achievements, in 2019 Daniel was awarded Maxima’s 2019 Local Government Apprentice/Trainee of the Year at the Group Training Graduation and Awards Ceremony.

“I still believe it was fate that Denise had an opportunity lined up for me, and even more of a happy coincidence that it was in events. I was lost for words when I was offered a permanent position.”

“I’m proud to work on civic events such as Citizenship ceremonies – I really do love my job. A traineeship is a great start to build a career and I believe Maxima always has my best interests at heart,” says Daniel.