Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Newcastle opens trainee program applications

City of Newcastle Council has opened applications for its annual intake of apprentices and trainees – with nine spots on offer.

Council says recruitment began this month for a range of early career positions, with roles available across various sectors including environment, horticulture, civil construction, painting and decorating, business administration, and customer experience.

Two positions have been identified for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as part of the Trainee and Apprentice program.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes (pictured, centre) said the Council was committed to being a diverse, inclusive and culturally welcoming employer of choice.

“We are investing in training and development to create safe employment pathways with equal opportunity as part of our efforts to encourage broad representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff across the organisation and in leadership roles,” Lord Mayor Nelmes said.

Experienced Painting and Decorating Tradesperson, Garry Welsh, knows first-hand how valuable Council’s Trainee and Apprentice program has been over the years.

A proud Wiradjuri man, Mr Welsh said it was pleasing to see positions identified for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“I got an apprenticeship with City of Newcastle in 1999 and then came back to work here for the better part of the last decade,” he said.

“It’s great to see such diversity and inclusiveness coming through this program, and I’m stoked to be in a position to be able to help others by mentoring them.

“Just seeing their enjoyment and happiness during the three or four years of their apprenticeship and then securing a full-time position makes it worthwhile.”

During his time with Council, Mr Welsh has revamped the city’s sporting fields, halls, libraries, and other public assets.

He said one job stood out from the others.

“Transforming Lambton Pool was my favourite job in the last five years. I painted the whole facility, including the seating, shelters, grandstands, and non-slip areas,” Mr Welsh said.

“It’s a very rewarding career, particularly when you see customers so happy with the end product.”

Successful applicants under the program will begin work on 16 January 2023. Applications for these roles close on 23 October. Visit CN’s website for more details.

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