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Council’s renewed Career Development Program creating job-ready employees

23 June 2017


Council Apprentice Ryan Littleton, pictured with Jody Monaghan and Cr Ian Rasmussen, recently completed a Business Industry Placement with Stimson Plumbing and Building Maintenance in Dalby.

Giving our local school leavers the best chance to kick start their careers is a key pillar of Western Downs Regional Council’s renewed Career Development Program, which will equip our region’s future generations with job-ready skills and qualifications.

  • Council’s ongoing commitment to provide younger generations in the Western Downs with career development and employment opportunities was handed down in the 2017/18 Budget;
  • With a focus on investing in our future generations across the region, Council has placement opportunities for 20 new employees as part of its Early Career Development Program this Financial Year;
  • A bright future is also ahead of our current Trainees and Apprentices, with Council’s new Business Industry Placement initiative helping to diversify their skills and experiences, exposing them to further local employment opportunities;
  • Recognising Council’s excellence in supporting the development of current and future employees, our Career Development Program is a finalist in the 2017 Queensland Training Awards for the Darling Downs South West Region.

Spokesperson for Finance and Corporate Services Councillor Ian Rasmussen said Council is committed to supporting and investing in the growth and development of young job seekers across the Western Downs.

“It’s all about giving our region’s youth greater opportunities to take the leap into the career they want by ensuring they have the skills they need to succeed,” he said.

“This means looking outside of Council to combine with local businesses and industries to help equip our younger generations with job-ready skills.

“We have a diverse range of businesses and specialists across the Western Downs, and through our Business Industry Placement as part of our Traineeship program, together we’re opening up pathways and creating opportunities for our Trainees.

“By working with our region’s local business community we’re continuing to invest in our Trainees, Apprentices, Bursary Students, Cadets and Work Experience placements. Together we’re investing in building stronger local communities.”

Director Jody Monaghan of Stimson Plumbing and Building Maintenance, Dalby, said participating in the Business Industry Placement was a great opportunity to give back to the community.

“We were lucky to have Council’s Plumbing Apprentice Ryan Littleton join our Team for a placement working alongside our Senior Plumbers,” she said.

“Plumbing is a very important skilled trade. Giving our younger generation the encouragement and opportunity to learn key services through different experiences is key to making sure they, along with these trades and services, stay in the region.

“It’s all about giving young people, like Ryan, the chance to make their mark, and give back to their community. We really enjoyed having him on board and we’d definitely consider participating in Council’s Business Industry Placement again.”

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Media Contact:
Cr Ian Rasmussen | Spokesperson for Finance and Corporate Services | 0477 977 082