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Jobs for the boys… and girls

WOLLONGONG City Council in conjunction with Illawarra Group Training is inviting applications for cadets, apprentices and trainees to begin work in 2013.

Some of the opportunities with Council include Civil Engineer, Building Surveyor, Community and Cultural Development Planner, and Business Analyst.

Council’s Manager Human Resources Trevor Jones said Council offers  a strong policy of providing employment opportunities for youth within the Illawarra.

“At Council you can enjoy the benefits of working with a large and diverse community-based organisation that supports and encourages your career development, provides networking opportunities and enables you to make a positive impact on the community.

“Among the opportunities will be four horticulturalist apprentices who will be working across all areas of horticultural work in Council and two positions targeted specifically to people with a disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people.”

Interested applicants are encouraged to come along to Council’s information session on Tuesday August 21.  Booking are essential, call (02) 4227 7111 to book a place.

“Council budgets about $2 million each year to employ cadets, trainees and apprentices,” Mr Jones said.

“Each year Council on average employs in total approximately nine cadets, apprentices and trainees. These staff are trained and developed in roles that Council requires and is a way Council can address the issue of skills shortages and youth unemployment in the region.

“This program has been running successfully for more than 20 years. We have a number of senior staff who commenced as a Cadet, including our Director Planning and Environment Andrew Carfield and Director Infrastructure and Works Peter Kofod.

“This program is helping to develop, train and begin the careers of people in local government.”

Information relating to these opportunities, including how to apply, is available on our website.

For more information you can call Council’s Customer Service Centre on (02) 4227 7111.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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