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Jobs on offer as Lake Mac council launches 2022 E2E

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After completing her studies at Glendale Technology High School, 21-year-old Jordan Hull had no idea what work she wanted to pursue, all she knew was that a desk job wasn’t for her.

Signing up for Lake Macquarie City Council’s Education to Employment (E2E) program became the break she needed to begin a career in construction.

Jordan now works full-time as a Trainee Works Assistant.

“I had no experience at all with working in a construction setting but knew I wanted to work outside,” she said.

“I started out worried about not knowing anything, but I had so many opportunities to do things I had never done before and just jumped in and had a crack at anything.”

The council is once again set to offer a record number of jobs for apprentices, trainees, cadets, and graduates as part of its E2E program.

In a bid to address the nation’s skills and labour shortage, applications are now open for 33 jobs providing on-the-job experience for participants studying for a formal qualification.

Council pays a salary, as well as course fees and paid study leave, and provides expert mentoring by skilled professionals and teams.

Talent acquisition coordinator Penny Howell said the latest intake included five female-only Trainee Works Assistants, who would rotate through a variety of outdoor roles traditionally occupied by males, and a female-only Cadet Civil Engineer.

“Addressing the gender divide was one of the biggest issues to come out of last week’s national jobs and skills summit,” Ms Howell said.

“Our program tackles that head-on, diversifying our outdoor workforce and getting women qualified in non-traditional roles.”

The intake also includes five Trainee Works Assistant positions and one Trainee Arts, Culture and Tourism position designated for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Arts, culture and tourism trainee Madalyn Edmonds also began her E2E tenure in 2021, playing a key role in developing and delivering major events across the city.

“I’ve worked on developing children’s digital and creating programming for STEAM Week, the Dobell Festival, the Fast and Loud Festival and Up in the Air,” she said.

“Working on a diverse range of events and projects and working with an array of teams has really helped develop my skills.”

Go to lakemac.com.au/careers to find out more about the E2E positions now available.

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