Three local teenagers started their careers this month with the Glenelg Shire Council as new trainees.
Hotspur-based Carlos Chambers, 16, has joined the Heywood council depot team as an apprentice mechanic, while Portland’s Jess Hallinan and Annique Ray, 18, are completing administration traineeships at the Portland council office.Carlos, a former Monivae College student, said having a ‘very mechanical’ father had helped build his passion for the automotive field. "I enjoy working on vehicles and swinging spanners around; I thought this would be a good opportunity to pursue a career in mechanics," Carlos said.
Miss Hallinan and Miss Ray, who were classmates at Portland Secondary College, aim to use their 12-month administration traineeships as a pathway into further tertiary study. Miss Hallinan is based in the community and culture department and will support the restructured assets and infrastructure team. She aims to use the traineeship to build future career opportunities."I want to keep studying and this is a good way to work towards something," Miss Hallinan said.Miss Ray will start with the corporate services department before transitioning to the planning and economic development unit. "I want to do a business degree; this traineeship will provide a taste of what is involved in this course," Miss Ray said.Glenelg Shire Mayor Max Oberlander said council was proud to support local youth in building career paths close to home."I would like to wish these three talented teenagers all the best as they start their careers with Glenelg Shire," Cr Oberlander said."Council is proud to embrace our local youth, supporting them in building solid career opportunities here in our local community."
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