In a first since the formation of MidCoast Council, eight new apprentices have joined council, working from workshops and depots across the region.
Apprenticeships and traineeships have traditionally been an important part of bringing new talent into councils, ensuring the diverse range of skills required to meet organisational needs are developed and maintained.
The apprentices will combine their studies with on-the-job training in fields that include automotive heavy commercial mechanical technology, engineering fabrication, horticulture (parks and gardens) and horticulture (sports turf management).
“It’s a great opportunity for people of all ages, to learn in a hands-on environment from experienced supervisors, and to earn a nationally recognised qualification”, explained acting general manager, Steve Embry.
“For us it’s a way of not only bringing in ambitious new talent, but contributing to the skill development of the local workforce”.
Apprentices earn a competitive salary and have their study expenses reimbursed, providing an on-going incentive to complete their chosen qualifications. This year’s intake sees four placements at the Tuncurry workshop, one at Stroud, two at Taree, and one in Gloucester.
“Our apprenticeship and trainee program is a great way for people to kick-start their career, or make a career change,” Mr Embry said.
Council offers roles across a variety of disciplines which include road maintenance and construction, bridge maintenance and construction, plumbing and environmental health.