TEN trainees from around the region gathered at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden on Wednesday, November 8 to celebrate completing state government’s Regional Youth Traineeship Program.
The program assists young people in entering the workforce through full-time traineeships in local government, with trainees achieving a Certificate III qualification for their participation and completion.
The participants also engaged in a professional development workshop throughout the day, giving them the chance to learn essential career skills, including resume writing and how to conduct themselves in an interview.
The District Councils of Elliston, Streaky Bay, Mount Remarkable, Lower Eyre Peninsula, the Municipal Council of Roxby Downs, the Flinders Ranges Council, City of Whyalla and the Outback Communities Authority were all represented on the day.
District Council of Mount Remarkable Deputy CEO Jessie White said the program is a fantastic way for young people in the region to get involved with their Council.
“They learn a large range of things, right from finance through to general customer service, records management, and lots of things and acts that we need to deal with,” Mrs White said.
“These are normally roles for older people, so it is really good when we can inject some youth into our workforce and it keeps us young at heart.
“For the youth, if they can get into Council it really teaches them how to mix and engage with the community.”
The two-year program creates a variety of employment pathways for the trainees and encourages local governing bodies to continue employing the participants beyond completion.
114 trainees – aged between 17 and 24 – from across South Australia, who were either unemployed or not working full time, have participated in the program.
20-year-old Charlie Woolford from the District Council of Mount Remarkable said having the responsibility to focus on Council’s finances was a personal highlight.
“Having the experience in local government will definitely help,” he said.
“I never realised that there’s literally hundreds of things that Council does.”
Aaron Clarke from the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula hopes to secure a position with his Council in the wastewater treatment plant or the airport.
“It’s been very informative. There’s a lot of things that keep you interested,” the 24-year-old said.
The program is run by the Legislative Government Association, in partnership with Primary Industries and Regions SA, through state government’s $4 million Regional Development Fund initiative.