TEN Richmond Valley high school students have this week commenced a two-year school-based traineeship with Richmond Valley Council, delivering them a vital kickstart to their young careers.
The 10 trainees will be undertaking Certificate II courses in a wide range of skill sets relevant to local government, which include civil construction, sport and recreation, business, and horticulture.
They are part of Richmond Valley Council’s award-winning Youth Employment Strategy (YES) which has provided valuable training opportunities to 90 trainees, apprentices, and scholars since its inception in 2014. The new 2021 intake brings that number to 100.
Richmond Valley Council General Manager Vaughan Macdonald said Council had led the way in consistently providing training and employment opportunities for young people, year in, year out.
“In regional areas like the Northern Rivers, quality career opportunities for young people are often in short supply, and youth unemployment is a significant issue,” Mr Macdonald said.
“Council sees itself as a leader in the Richmond Valley community and as a major employer in our local government area, we know we can make a difference.
“That’s why we launched the YES program in 2014, and why our commitment to it remains strong.
“Our staff often go the extra mile to provide guidance and training to our school-based trainees, beyond their day-to-day responsibilities, and our dedicated People & Culture team is always there to provide support.
“We are community focused, we take responsibility, and we lead the way, because we know that providing these opportunities feeds back huge benefits and positivity into our community.”
Five new trainees in the 2021 intake are recipients of the Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant, after Council successfully secured funding through the program to support young Aboriginal people in the Richmond Valley with training opportunities.