Depot trainees on road to success

Two of Horsham Rural City Council’s youngest employees have completed three-year civil construction traineeships and are now looking forward to long careers in local government.

Mayor Robyn Gulline visited Council’s operations depot this week to congratulated Ben Rowan and Johney Htoo after the pair officially completed their certificate three qualifications.

Mr Rowan has learnt how to operate machinery such as rollers and jet patching trucks that are used to construct and maintain rural roads.

Mr Htoo, who is a member of the Karen community, gained valuable experience in the urban infrastructure field. He has spent the past three years building footpaths and installing concrete kerbs and channels.

Both will continue working in the operations team and Council will advertise for new civil construction trainees.

Cr Gulline said Council was committed to providing local people with career development and employment opportunities.

HRCC also employs trainees and apprentices in the fields of carpentry, diesel mechanics, information technology and business administration.

“Being able to train people in a wide variety of areas benefits both Council and the community, as there are often opportunities when they have completed apprenticeships and traineeships to apply for ongoing positions which become available with Council or they are skilled to take on jobs with other local employers,” Cr Gulline said.

“The more young people who can be skilled here in the Wimmera, without having to go to larger regional cities or Melbourne, the stronger our community will be – it just makes it even more appealing for families to raise their children here.

“Council is fortunate to work with Horsham-based training organisation SkillInvest to offer traineeships and apprenticeships in a wide variety of career paths from administration and community service areas, to horticulture, information technology and civil construction,” she said.

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