Richmond Valley Council is encouraging local high school students to kick start their careers with on-the-job training at Council. In an unprecedented move, Council will be offering a number of professional scholarships and full time apprenticeships and traineeships, as well as school-based apprenticeships. Council’s General Manager John Walker said as a community leader and one of the region’s biggest employers, Council wanted to help local young people get into work, and offering scholarships, apprenticeships and traineeships was an important part of Council’s plans to do this.
Mr Walker said this latest initiative complemented Council’s previous decision to reduce reliance on contractors by directly employing more local people and building up plant and equipment stock. He said each year a specific intake number would be determined and forwarded to schools for promotion. “Council is committed to providing ongoing job opportunities for young people to encourage them to stay in our local government area, and, equally important, to be active members of their communities,” Mr Walker said. “This can be achieved by Council through scholarships and other career opportunities for young people seeking professional careers in local government.”
Mr Walker said there were many different types of scholarships, apprenticeships and traineeships on offer, such as: business administration; civil construction; electro technology; engineering; fabrication; finance; horticulture; management; planning and development; mechanical; stores; welding; and water operations. He said all successful applicants would gain on-the-job training, as well as assistance to complete a nationally recognised qualification.
Council will be holding a careers evening on Thursday 28 August in the Casino Community & Cultural Centre between 4pm and 6pm. Year 10, 11 and 12 students and parents and carers are welcome to come along and find out about full time scholarships, traineeships and apprenticeship opportunities with Council. There will be representatives from Council, TAFE and VERTO Apprenticeship Centre on hand to explain any questions students and parents may have. Students seeking more information about scholarships, traineeships and apprenticeship opportunities, or the career evening, should contact Council’s Personnel Officer Sue Franey on 6660 0351.
Media release: 6 August 2014