Trainees pro­gram with a dif­fer­ence

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

GROW­ING as peo­ple has been the big­gest les­son for two In­dige­nous trainees in­volved in the City of Fre­man­tle Trainee­ship Pro­gram.

Ben­nett Springs res­i­dent Ethan Kelly-Akee, who is in the com­mu­ni­ca­tions and me­dia depart­ment, said he found the po­si­tion through a job net­work.

“I’ve gained a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence; I’ve been in a lot of dif­fer­ent depart­ments, I started in records, IT, light­room, and com­mu­ni­ca­tions and me­dia,” he said.

“Ev­ery­thing about the trainee­ship has been good, it has been the all-around ex­pe­ri­ence. This was my first job com­ing straight out of high school and I didn’t know what to ex­pect.

“I’ve re­ally grown as a per­son from these trainee­ships and re­ally ma­tured.”

Cock­burn res­i­dent Tiarna Wynne, who is cur­rently work­ing as a peo­ple and cul­ture ad­min­is­tra­tion as­sis­tant, said her jour­ney to work­ing with City was sim­i­lar to Mr Kelly-Akee.

“The in­di­vid­ual growth as­pect is what I’ve learnt work­ing in an of­fice; I had no idea what I was go­ing into, what to wear, the time or any­thing like that,” Ms Wynne said. “The skills, ex­pe­ri­ence, the knowl­edge, that’s def­i­nitely guided both my­self and Ethan to where we are now.

“I think the hard as­pects were the per­sonal as­pects but the City def­i­nitely did guide and sup­port trainees, which was good.”

Mr Kelly-Akee and Miss Wynne agree that any­one who is think­ing of join­ing the pro­gram should go for it.

City of Fre­man­tle com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment direc­tor Fiona Hodges said the pro­gram re­cruited six trainees, with four stay­ing on and be­ing of­fered a 12month po­si­tion.

“They have all proved to be re­ally valu­able,” she said. “We are not do­ing a char­ity ser­vice to them in terms of hav­ing them here, they have all earned their places be­cause they per­formed so well and grown into their roles as peo­ple and pro­fes­sion­als.

“A key for us was hav­ing a group of them go through to­gether, rather than in iso­la­tion; they’ve had peer sup­port.

“Go­ing for­ward we hope to con­tinue this pro­gram but we are look­ing at link­ing more with our Abo­rig­i­nal El­ders and putting some men­tor­ship in place.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions opened on Septem­ber 24 at www.fre­man­tle.wa.gov.au/coun­cil/ca­reer-op­por­tu­ni­ties/ trainee­ships-and-ap­pren­tice­ships.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d486910

Ethan Kelly-Akee and Tiarna Wynne have gained a lot from the City of Fre­man­tle Trainee­ship Pro­gram.

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