RICHMOND Valley Council is already reaping the benefits of its new Youth Employment Strategy (YES), with 17 local high school students accepting a range of positions across the organisation.
The new recruits will take up their positions in January.
Council’s General Manager John Walker said YES was formed in response to the emerging issue of the lack of youth employment opportunities in our community, as well as the need for Council to future-proof its workforce.
Mr Walker said to continue its role of delivering quality services for the Richmond Valley community, Council must become an attractive employment option by creating opportunities for younger, less experienced employees, and emerging leaders.
He said helping young people find meaningful employment would have a lasting impact on Council’s competitiveness and the long-term strength of its workforce.
“YES is Council’s commitment to help young people gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to enjoy a successful career in local government,” Mr Walker said.
“We are excited to announce 17 local high school students have accepted a range of positions with Council, through professional scholarships, full-time apprenticeships and traineeships, and school-based traineeships.
“Nurturing new employees straight from high school will not only generate a great talent pipeline into the organisation, providing valuable progression opportunities from within, but will also ensure knowledge is transferred, and skill loss is managed.”
Mr Walker said recruiting young people was part of Council’s long-term approach to workforce investment.
He said when young people find meaningful work, the whole community benefits.
“Providing opportunities for our young people to learn the skills which will equip them for the future is important not only for them, but also for the future wellbeing of our community,” Mr Walker said.
Media Release: Tuesday, 2 December 2014