The National, Wednesday October 30th, 2013
A WOMAN’S dream to attend university was made a reality by a firm.
EGGAI Latham, workplace health and safety support specialist at Warkworth, New South Wales, Australia, always dreamt of going to university when growing up in Papua New Guinea, (PNG).
Thanks to Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific she was able to achieve her dream.
Eggai started with Dyno in 1995 at the Porgera gold mine in PNG.
She was initially employed as an administration assistant at the mine.
“I have always dreamt of gaining a university qualification and providing for my single mother who struggled and worked hard to pay for my school fees,” she said.
Although Eggai was not selected to do years 11 and 12, she was offered a place in a technical college and after completing her secretarial studies she worked at Dyno Nobel.
Thanks to Dyno’s indigenous training and localisation programme offered in PNG, Eggai was able to receive on-the-job training while working in administration.
Dyno sponsored her to attend a Catholic university in PNG to study for a diploma in human resources.
In 2005 Eggai won a job at Dyno in Australia where it supported Eggai to gain a workplace health and safety (WHS) qualification through TAFE, and recently she completed a postgraduate certificate in WHS with the University of Newcastle.