Richmond Valley Council jobs for school leavers

FIFTEEN school leavers will start the new year in new jobs, thanks to Richmond Valley Council's Youth Employment Strategy.

Chief executive John Walker said the council's program had already helped more than 20 local youths gain the skills, work experience and qualifications they needed to enjoy a successful career in local government.

Mr Walker said following this year's council-dedicated careers expo, which showcased the "extensive and rewarding" study and career opportunities available for young people, 38 applications were received from local school leavers.

"I am pleased to announce we are recruiting 15 students to start a range of career opportunities with the council in 2016," Mr Walker said.

"The new recruits will undertake training in: Business Cert IV, information technology; civil construction; electrotechnology; engineering - fabrication; environmental health; heavy vehicle mechanical; horticulture; and plumbing warehousing and distribution.

"This is a terrific way to kick start the new year, and we are looking forward to welcoming our new team members."

Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett said as a community leader and one of the region's biggest employers, the council wanted to help local young people get into work.

He said the council offered scholarships, apprenticeships and traineeships.

"Providing opportunities for our young people to learn the skills which will equip them for the future is important not only for them, but also for the future wellbeing of our community," Cr Bennett said.

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