6 September 2021

Gap year plans in tatters? How about a traineeship instead

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Eurobodalla Shire Council trainees and apprentices

Eurobodalla Shire Council is calling for applications for its 2022 youth traineeships and apprenticeships. Pictured (from back, left to right) are some of this year’s trainees and apprentices: Kellarney Blunden, council’s general manager Dr Catherine Dale, Jorja Scott, Rhiannon Duck, Teneille Clarke-Huntley, Calum MacDonnell, Jordan Bandur, Ella Rose Cowden-Davis, Monique Hogg and Joshua Crocker. Photo: Eurobodalla Shire Council.

It might not be a Contiki tour for their gap year, but Eurobodalla Shire Council is offering local youth the next best thing.

Council has 16 jobs on offer through its annual trainee and apprentice program, which provides job opportunities for youth as well as older people seeking a career change.

Up for grabs are eight 12-month traineeships for under-21s. Seven will earn a Certificate 3 in business administration through TAFE, specialising in business development, environmental services, finance, infrastructure support, customer service, community transport or property and commercial services, and one will gain a Certificate 3 in individual support in council’s community care team.

There are also eight open-age apprenticeship and cadetships comprising four civil construction apprenticeships, two plant operator apprenticeships, one electrical apprenticeship and one water and sewer cadet civil engineer.

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Applications for the roles are currently open, and close on Wednesday, 22 September, 2021. All roles begin in February 2022.

To help with the application process, council is holding one-hour information sessions on Zoom, where applicants can learn what the jobs involve, and get hints and tips for resume writing and how to respond to selection criteria and interview questions.

Council’s senior learning and development officer, Kate Brierley, said Eurobodalla’s young folk have had a tough couple of years, and while overseas travel isn’t an option right now, they still have exciting opportunities ahead.

“Our school leavers have had a shocking two years – we can’t imagine what it’s been like to finish the final years of schooling in the current climate,” she said.

“Council’s traineeship and apprenticeship program has always been about providing opportunities to local youth, and it’s needed now more than ever.

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“Working at council is a great way for school leavers to work in their gap year, consider what career they’re interested in, and get paid and earn a qualification in the process.”

The applicant information sessions will be held on Zoom on Tuesday, 7 September, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am; Wednesday, 8 September, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm; and Thursday, 9 September, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

For more information or to book for the sessions, contact Eurobodalla Shire Council’s employment projects officer, Amy Kovacs, on 02 4474 7380, or email [email protected].

For more information on the job vacancies, or to apply, click here.

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