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Local employer investing in local students

Nine local students recently gained valuable industry experience by taking part in Gippsland Water’s annual vacation employment program.

Managing director Sarah Cumming said the organisation was proud to provide young Gippslanders with an opportunity to enhance and widen their skillsets.

“Our program, which started in 2001, aims to give local students relevant industry experience without having to travel to Melbourne,” Ms Cumming said.

Ms Cumming said this year’s intake was highly competitive with more than 200 applications received for nine roles.

“The variety of skills needed to deliver our services means we can offer a wide range of industry experiences to our local students.”

Participants toured the Gippsland Water Factory, Traralgon Water Treatment Plant and visited Australian Paper as part of the program.

“The students were with us for around two months, putting their university studies into practice while working alongside experienced mentors."

The students who took part were from towns throughout Gippsland including Traralgon, Warragul, Sale, and Willow Grove and are studying disciplines including engineering, science, business and communications.

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