Council’s four trainees
With three trainees employed since last year, it brings to four the number of trainees currently working on projects.
And all four trainees, in council’s engineering department, are progressing well according to council’s planning manager Kate Larnach.
“It’s great for council to provide the opportunity to develop the careers of young people,” she told The Free Press.
Trainee engineer Jake Boyle began his traineeship in civic design/construction in May 2106. “I’m predominantly working with council’s design team but also incorporating other engineering elements such as surveying and project management,” the 20-year-old said.
Chantel Woodhead, 21, is a trainee GIS officer who started her traineeship in May 2017 and is studying a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Landscaping Analysis and Management).
“I began the role digitising roads, post amalgamation,” he said. “Spatial data has been the basis for what I do, mapping and compiling assets to correlate with each other so the system runs smoothly for council.”
Megan Leahy is a trainee town planner. The 22-year-old started with council in the administration department in May 2017 and began her traineeship in October 2017. Megan is studying a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning.
“Key aspects of my role include working alongside senior staff, assessing development applications and processing subdivision documentation, fielding customer calls concerning planning and building enquiries, processing and storing planning and building information as well as preparing final assessments and reports,” she said.
Jaclyn Nagle’s employment with council began in 2014 in the administration department during which time she completed a Diploma of Business Administration.
In May 2017, Jaclyn commenced her traineeship as a building surveyor, working with experienced building surveyors to assess development applications, construction certificates and plumbing applications, and reviewing plans to ensure compliance with building standards and regulations.
She is studying a Bachelor of Building and Surveying. “I am doing my accreditation course this year which will give me the ability to undertake inspections and to assess applications myself which I’m excited about.”
If you are planning to build a home, there’s every chance a Federation Council trainee will be involved with your development application and building permit.
Federation Council trainees, from left, Chantel Woodhead, Jake Boyle, Megan Leahy and Jaclyn Nagle.