Seven start as Hume backs career seekers

A total of seven school students have commenced traineeships at Hume City Council.

The young people shall experience a variety of Council’s operations, as they work in areas like youth services, libraries, family and children’s services, contracts administration, human resources, and the Sunbury Visitor Information Centre.

Each student will spend one day per week at Hume during the school terms, in a program through which they also complete their secondary school studies and undertake a Certificate II in Business, via Apprenticeships Group Australia.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said she was confident the trainees would attain a great deal from their placements.

“Hume is involved in so many aspects of community life, and the organisation can offer practical opportunities for people to experience different types of work,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“Our workforce is highly-skilled, and includes engineers, arborists, IT professionals, graphic designers, researchers, mechanics, and accountants.

“We’re keen to help young people gain an insight into careers that they may be interested in, and give students a head-start as their working life approaches.

“While education is critical, prospective employees who can demonstrate on-the-job training are often very well-regarded by employers.

“The traineeships are one way that Hume City Council supports local teenagers as they build their futures.”

Hume’s Council Plan includes commitments in 2015-16 to offer training and learning opportunities for young residents.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the school-based trainees were very welcomed members of Hume’s workforce.

“The seven students have only recently commenced at Hume, but they are off to a terrific start,” she said.

“Each is dedicated to their placement and I’m confident that all the trainees will pick up a variety of skills which are certain to look great on any resume.

“Council will provide the trainees with a Hume uniform, because each is part of a dedicated staff that is proud to serve the residents of this community.”

Hume City Council regularly offers career support to students.

The organisation’s human resources department works closely with Hume Valley School in Broadmeadows, to mentor students who are aged between 16 and 18 years.

Council’s recruitment specialists also present workshops to young people on how they can prepare resumes and job applications.

In 2015, Hume coordinated more than 100 work experience placements for secondary and tertiary students, in areas like leisure and children’s services.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Council would continue to help young people as they transition from training and education to work.

“Between November and February, Hume’s engineering team hosted 10 engineering students as they completed internships with various departments across Council,” she said.

“The program enabled Council’s engineers to deliver a valuable insight on how they manage the municipality’s extensive road, footpath, and drainage network.

“We’re honoured to help people as they embark on their careers and will continue to back Hume’s youth to the hilt.”

Anyone who would like further information about traineeships and work experience at Hume City Council should call 03 9205 2200.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 9 March 2016

Updated : 10:30 AM, 11 March 2016

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