Mayor appeals to business to get on board with job creation

17 Feb 2017

The threat of a skilled labour shortage, providing essential training opportunities as well as opening an avenue to keep young people within the Bundaberg Region are compelling reasons why Council continues to engage in supporting apprenticeship and training programs.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said it was obvious the Bundaberg Region is entering a phase where economic growth and job creation will fully test the skills base of the local labour market.

“We need to have that resource of tradespeople and skilled labour available when the jobs do flow,” he said.

“That’s why I am appealing to employers across the region to get on board with upskilling our young people by offering apprenticeships or by engaging in trainee programs.

“Council has participated in these types of programs since amalgamation in 2008 with a view to providing local jobs and growing an in-house skills base.

Cr Dempsey said Council currently employed 14 apprentices and 12 trainees.

“Owing to the diverse nature of Council operations it is possible for Council to engage young people in a broad range of trade or skill areas.

“We have five apprentices learning electrical trades, four engaged as mechanics and others undertaking boilermaker, carpentry, auto electrical and painter/decorator apprenticeships.

“Our trainees are working in horticultural, customer service and business administration areas and having these people working with dedicated staff within the Council systems ensure they receive the best in training and work opportunities.

“This is also the modern age of equal employment opportunities and our apprentices and trainees are not bound by any preconceived notions that males or females are excluded from any calling.

“Council currently has a young lady working as an apprentice fitter and turner while others have trained as mechanics and as IT specialists.”

“I believe Council has a great record of supporting job and trainee opportunities with some 39 apprentices and 40 trainees achieving qualifications with Bundaberg Regional Council.

The Mayor said with significant subsidies available through State and Federal Government youth employment programs, the timing was perfect for employers to source additional staff and to help drive down youth unemployment in the Bundaberg Region.

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