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​Traineeships in water on offer

Gippsland Water is offering traineeships for high school graduates interested in careers in the water industry.

The organisation is offering two-year water and wastewater treatment traineeships for two people, and a single four-year electronics and communication traineeship.

Managing director Sarah Cumming said the organisation wanted to create pathways for people to build rewarding careers right here in Gippsland.

“We know that particularly for girls and women there can be barriers to entering a career in the water industry. One barrier can be misunderstanding that you need to complete a TAFE course or university degree before gaining employment with us,” Ms Cumming said.

“Through these traineeships, we’re offering people full-time employment and hands-on experience, while they gain a nationally recognised qualification at work.

“With good prospects for ongoing employment at the end, these traineeships can lead to a fulfilling career with us.”

Multi-skilled operator specialist Lillee Hardy began her career at Gippsland Water as a water operations trainee in 2017.

“I enjoyed experiencing the different parts of the water and wastewater treatment plants, learning how it all worked and applying the written knowledge to the field,” Ms Hardy said.

“I learnt how to work seamlessly within a team. I also gained a lot more confidence in myself and my abilities.”

Three traineeships are available for students who have completed year 12 or equivalent. Two trainees will gain a Certificate III in Water Industry Operations, with one gaining a Certificate IV in Electronics & Communications, worth $30,000.

Applications are open now and close Wednesday 23 March.

Interested people can find out more and apply at

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