Council is a top employer

BALLINA Shire Council’s commitment to giving youth a step up in their chosen careers, and increasing the skill base of the shire, has been rewarded with the council winning the NovaSkill Employer of the Year award at the group training organisation’s recent presentation ceremony.

Council currently employs a total of 290 people, including hosting 22 trainees and apprentices through NovaSkill in a range of trades and administrative roles.

Human resource officer, Yasmin Zerk, said the council, as one of the shire’s biggest employers, was not only meeting its corporate responsibility but also adding to the skill base of the community as a whole in a time where trade shortages is a much-publicised issue.

She said winning the award was ‘a great thing’.

“We’re very proud to be acknowledged for the committment we do provide for apprentices and trainees in the shire, and it stems from the commitment we have in upskilling the shire,” she said.

And those apprentices and trainees are under good hands at council, she said.

She said council encourages existing staff to pass on their knowledge and skills as much as possible.

“We ensure trainees and apprentices are mentored by experienced people,” she said.

The skill level of the apprentices and trainees hosted by council also shone out at the NovaSkill awards, with three picking up awards.

They were: Angus Kay (Building & Construction Apprentice of the Year); Ben Robinson (Civil Construction Trainee of the Year); Brendan Sanders (Group Training Trainee of the Year).
Meanwhile, in other awards, Andrew Croaker, from Casino, was the Apprentice of the Year.

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