Council provides opportunities for local students to start new careers

Published on 09 April 2021

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Pictured: Melanie French (on left) and Adelle Kreinberg (right) are welcomed to Council by Mayor Michael Pearce and General Manager Kate Jessep.

Uralla Shire Council has recruited two Year 11 students for the position of Business Administration Trainees, as part of an initiative to provide experience and employment for local youth looking to dive into the workforce.

 Uralla Shire Council General Manager, Kate Jessep said Council’s traineeship program was a great opportunity for young people looking to kickstart their careers.

“Council’s traineeship program provides valuable hands-on experience with formal certificate level qualifications and positively demonstrates the valuable work a local government career path can offer.”

After eight weeks in the job, trainees Adelle Kreinberg and Melanie French agree.

“Working at Council is an awesome way to gain experience and learn new skills that are not usually learned at school, the traineeship gives you the opportunity to really gain an insight on all aspects of the Council and town and the wonderful people who live here,” said Ms Kreinberg.

“We each complete a day a week at Council, then do our modules through our schools,” said Ms French. “So far at Council I’ve answered phones and assisted customers with their questions. I help with banking, mailing, receipting and till reports, scanning, and have made booklets, I’ve co-ordinated the battery recycling with the post office. It’s fun, it’s useful, and it’s a really friendly environment.”

Uralla Shire Mayor, Cr Michael Pearce welcomed the trainees to Council and congratulated them on their appointments.

“Council’s traineeship program is great as it encourages students to remain at school while gaining work experience in the region,”  Mayor Pearce said.

These two new trainees are the latest to join Council’s traineeship and apprenticeship program. Cody Droder is a General Hand trainee with Council’s Works Department, and existing employees, Mathew Cromie and Carl Te Whiu are completing their certificates in Civil Construction under the apprentice program. A trainee with Council’s parks and garden team is expected to be appointed later this month.

“Council is committed to helping create jobs and opportunities for the Uralla Shire, and the traineeship and apprenticeship programs deliver on that promise,” Mayor Pearce said.

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