CAREER GOALS: Mariah Gibson, Tamara Schultz, Melanie Twort, Matiese Jones and Courtney Edwards are school-based trainees with council.
CAREER GOALS: Mariah Gibson, Tamara Schultz, Melanie Twort, Matiese Jones and Courtney Edwards are school-based trainees with council. CONTRIBUTED

Learning the ropes at council

FIVE school-based trainees have joined the Somerset Regional Council team to kick-start their careers.

The trainees, who started Grade 11 at schools across the region this year, will learn hands-on experience in local government over the next two years.

Courtney Edwards has joined the Kilcoy Library team, Mariah Gibson and Tamara Schultz will learn skills at the Lowood Library, Matiese Jones will assist the tourism team at the Esk Visitor Information Centre and Melanie Twort will work with council's Information Technology officers.

The students will obtain nationally recognised qualifications on completion of their traineeships with council.

To kick-start their traineeships, each student completed a two-week induction course with council during the school holidays.

The students will continue to work one day per week for the next two years with the goal of attaining a nationally recognised certification upon completion.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann welcomed the new trainees to the team.

"I wish them all the best in their endeavours and hope that they find their time with council an enjoyable learning experience," Cr Lehmann said.



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