Region’s large employer builds trainee skills and opportunities

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

This year the City of Mandurah has broadened its employment development program to help build capacity and employment opportunities.

The City’s extensive trainee and apprenticeship program has grown, now consisting of 21 developmental positions, with three cadets, 11 apprentices and seven trainee positions in place, which includes four trainee positions set aside for Indigenous recruitment.

The 2015-2017 Indigenous Traineeship Program comprised of four traineeship positions across the organisation. The program delivered great outcomes including three trainees graduating with either Certificate III or Certificate IV in their relevant field. Following completion of the program, three trainees are still working at the City either on a temporary contract or casual basis.

The latest Indigenous Traineeship Program (2017-2019) is made up of five traineeship positions working in the Youth Development, CityParks, Recreation Centres, Community Development and Works and Services areas. The trainees are undertaking either Certificate III or IV in various qualifications related to their field.

This year, the Indigenous trainees are again supported by a mentor program provided by an external agency which contributed to the previous program’s success.

Chief Executive Officer Mark Newman said the City of Mandurah was one of the region’s largest employers and took pride in its diverse organisational culture.

“The City currently employs 632 staff, many of them part-time and casual, in many varied fields from all corners of Mandurah and surrounding areas,” he said.

“Diversity and inclusion is very important to the City and that is why mature age and Indigenous apprentice and trainee positions are included, and valued, in our organisation.”

The employment development program is one of the many programs and activities offered by the City to build the skills and capacity of local people.

For more information about employment opportunities including apprenticeships and traineeships offered by the City, visit www.mandurah.wa.gov.au. Recruitment for apprentices and trainees will start in October.