Nine people from across the region have begun traineeships or apprenticeships with Isaac Regional Council.
They have completed a two-day introduction to Council structure, responsibilities and procedures, and will now begin at least a year’s supervised training.
Mayor Anne Baker said Council saw the annual intake of trainees and apprentices as an important responsibility.
“At the end of their training, some of these people will join Council and some will move to other positions in government or private enterprise,” Mayor Baker said.
“This program helps bring bright people into Council and potentially begin them on a lifelong career in local government.
“Council is also a major employer and we see it as a social responsibility to help train administrative staff and tradespeople in the region.”
Isaac Regional Council CEO Gary Stevenson, PSM, said this year’s intake comprised seven administrative trainees and two apprentices, one in carpentry and one in plumbing.
“The traineeships generally run for approximately 12 months and obviously apprenticeships longer,” Mr Stevenson said.
“We hope they all find this an enriching experience that prepares them for a satisfying career ahead.
“The role of the Isaac Regional Council is to provide facilities throughout the region in an effective and efficient manner, and to encourage strategic and sustainable development of the area for the benefit of all citizens.
“That is a role we take very seriously and carry out very conscientiously. Working in Council, these people will be helping to provide the amenities and services that people need in their local communities every day.
“They will be improving people’s lives. That is a very satisfying and very rewarding role.”