Gippsland Water supporting youth development
As the next group of students from a range of backgrounds wrapped up a 12-week work experience placement at Gippsland Water recently, the corporation says the annual program demonstrates its commitment to supporting local jobs, youth development and employment within the region.
The three month employment program gives students the opportunity to work in a variety of disciplines from different workgroups within Gippsland Water.
General Manager Customer Service and Communications Paul Clark said the corporation believes strongly in local youth development and recognises the contribution 11 vacation students have made to the organisation in the past 12 weeks since beginning their placement.
“Our organisation with its wide range of departments and workgroups provides an excellent avenue for students to gain some experience, skills and knowledge in their area of study,” Mr Clark said.
“Gippsland Water has also supported a number of career initiatives including active involvement in the Industry Placement Program with Federation University Churchill. In the past 18 months, we hosted four work experience students from local secondary schools, have enabled three trainees to obtain full time employment with Gippsland Water, and provided further employment support for two Industry Placement participants.”
The students, who are studying at a diverse range of universities across Victoria, have had the opportunity to develop skills and experience in a fast paced environment.
designing and installing improved water disinfection infrastructure at the Morwell Water Treatment Plant.
Student placement positions become available in spring with candidates shortlisted and interviewed before commencing their placements in November each year.
“We also provide training and development opportunities for our staff. This includes training specifically developed for our workplace, nationally-recognised courses such as certificates and diplomas,” Mr Clark continued.
“These programs have provided young people with the ability to acquire and expand work experience, creating positive and lasting skills development and competencies, and we are proud to provide these opportunities locally.”
“Everyone knows the importance of that first job as a young adult and I hope these young people use this opportunity as a real launching pad for exciting and rewarding careers,” Mr Clark concluded.
The three trainees currently completing a Certificate II in Water Operations with Gippsland Water in partnership with Apprentices Group Australia, are Corey Rogers and Michael Tulloch who are both from Traralgon, and Mae Jobson from Trafalgar.
For more information about Gippsland Water's student programs and career opportunities, visit www.gippswater.com.au.
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