Two coun­cil trainee­ships ready for work­ers with a dis­abil­ity

Dalby Herald - - NEWS WELCOME -

THE West­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil is giv­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties as part of the Early Ca­reer Pro­gram.

Lo­cal em­ploy­ment agen­cies will part­ner with the coun­cil to de­liver work op­por­tu­ni­ties to peo­ple with phys­i­cal and in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties in the new year.

The coun­cil will of­fer two trainee­ships to lo­cals with a dis­abil­ity.

These trainee­ships will pro­vide paid full-time em­ploy­ment dur­ing their trainee­ship, on­line and face-to-face train­ing, and ac­cess to ex­pe­ri­enced su­per­vi­sors who will men­tor and as­sist the trainees.

Coun­cil­lor Ian Ras­mussen, spokesman for fi­nance and cor­po­rate ser­vices, is ex­cited for the pro­gram to be­gin and for lo­cals to ap­ply.

“We want to en­sure that our re­gion is the per­fect place for ev­ery­one to live, work and play so this is a fan­tas­tic way to con­tinue to do that,” Cr Ras­mussen said in a state­ment.

“Em­ploy­ing lo­cal peo­ple pro­duces real re­sults for their own com­mu­ni­ties which is ex­actly what we want to see.” Wa­minda Dalby man­ager Ta­nia Mar­shall be­lieves these op­por­tu­ni­ties will be in­cred­i­bly ben­e­fi­cial to those who par­tic­i­pate.

“We thank coun­cil for giv­ing the peo­ple at Wa­minda equal op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity and we’re al­ways sup­port­ive of any ini­tia­tives that as­sist peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity to gain mean­ing­ful em­ploy­ment,” Ms Mar­shall said.

The trainee­ships will be­gin in 2019.

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