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Councils keep it civil

Yankalilla Council trainee Jake Harris with council chief Andy Baker at a road management program site. Picture: Mike Burton/The Advertiser

Courtesy of The Advertiser.

Fleurieu and Hills councils are helping local people gain employment as civil construction apprentices, through a new program being funded under the State Government’s Skilling South Australia initiative.

Led by the District Council of Yankalilla, Alexandrina Council, Mount Barker District Council, the City of Victor Harbor and the City of Onkaparinga are working together to host 10 apprentices.

Yankalilla chief operating officer Andy Baker says the council has shown the way by taking on several trainees in recent years to test the benefits of such a scheme. “The District Council of Yankalilla is the biggest employer in the region,” Baker says. “We should be making every effort to give our young community members access to a local working environment.

“There was a shortage of people signing on but also where they’d sign on and say ‘this isn’t for me’. We wanted to let them understand what we would be expecting of them from that particular role.”

The latest iteration of the program will see 10 apprentices taken on by group training organisation Maxima, in partnership with TAFE SA, using a $67,000 investment by the State Government.

Maxima employs the trainees, the Government pays for their training and the councils pay the wages.


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