Shoalhaven City Council is gaining a reputation as a leading employer in the region that offers excellent training pathways for young people, currently employing 57 apprentices, trainees and cadets.
This group of employees equates to 5.64% of the Council workforce and is part of Council’s evolving active youth employment strategy for the Shoalhaven.
Trainee, apprentice and cadet positions are available in a variety of areas such as Assets and Works, Shoalhaven Water, Finance and Corporate Services and Planning and incorporate a selection of jobs such as technicians, water attendants, administration and trades.
It is through this commitment to vocational education and training that Council, through Shoalhaven Water, was recognised by the NSW Department of Industry as the winner of the 2017 NSW Training Awards for Large Employer of the Year.
Director of Shoalhaven Water Carmel Krogh said, “Working in partnership with Hunter Valley Training Company (HVTC) Shoalhaven since 2009, the Shoalhaven Water’s Traineeship Program has enabled skilled workers to pass on their knowledge to the next generation.
“Apprentices, Trainees and Cadets make up 10 percent of the Shoalhaven Water workforce, creating a thriving learning and teaching workplace.
“Our more experienced staff find mentoring and passing on their practical skills to the new trainees extremely rewarding.
“Over 70% of our apprentices and trainee graduates end up with full time jobs at either Shoalhaven Water or Council as well, which is a fantastic result of the program.”
Human Resources Project Officer, James Pontin, recently gained successful employment after his traineeship. “I commenced working for Shoalhaven City Council in May 2017, in the position of Human Resources Cadet. I was in my final year of University, Studying Human Resources Management and Psychology,” he commented.
“Upon starting in the role, it was immediately obvious that there is a remarkable difference between my studies and the actual duties within this line of work. I found the experience supplemented my studies extremely well.
“The cadetship provided a practical understanding of Human Resources Management and allowed me to develop the skills required to work within that particular field. After completing my studies, I was offered a position with Council, which I accepted eagerly.
“I cannot overstate how valuable this experience has been for me, both for my own self-development and in how it has provided a starting point in my career. If you should ever see an opportunity such as this in future, my advice would be to give it a go – the experience is priceless.”
With a workforce of over 1010 excluding casuals, it is estimated that one in every 36 people in the Shoalhaven working population of 35,751* works for Council. (*Based on data sourced from the Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
For more information on careers at Council, visit www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au or view the Shoalhaven Water Apprenticeship video on https://youtu.be/CYZtyy8MVkA.