“We have a really big cohort this year with 14 trainees and apprentices joining us out of what was an incredible response to our call out for this year’s program,” he said. “It’s always hard to get started in anything, so we’re very excited to be able to give them this opportunity to start their first job, learn a set of skills and get some experience.”
“I don’t think anyone really has any idea of the wide range of areas we work across at Council, so I can just see our new trainees and apprentices going into their next job interview and saying ‘look I’ve got experience in this many areas.”
For the second year running Council has joined forces with Arrow Energy and AFL SportsReady to give the region’s young Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders a competitive edge in the workforce, with two trainees joining the ranks.
“Everyone knows at least someone who’s worked for Council, it’s such a prestigious place to work that I was really excited when I got the phone call,” she said.
“I’m really looking forward to getting to know the admin systems and record-keeping side of Council because I haven’t had much experience in office-type work before and I really wanted the qualification.”
Western Downs Regional Council’s 2018 Traineeship and Apprenticeship Program received funding through the Queensland Government’s First Start Program.
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