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Byron Council and Byron Community College team up to deliver new training and work experience program for young people

Young people from 17 to 24 years of age are invited to join a new vocational training and work experience program being run by Byron Shire Council in partnership with Byron Community College – but you need to apply before 8 December.

The new program, which will run from 1 February to 22 June 2018, is part of a pilot funded through the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled Strategy to support vocational training and the skills of local government workers across five regional local government pilot regions.

Around 12 young local people aged 17 to 24 will be selected for the skills-based training at Byron Community College which will culminate in work experience at Byron Shire Council.

“Council is a big supporter of better training and jobs for our young people and this program is another way we can offer practical assistance and help build the skills of our young people so they’re better prepared for the workforce,” Byron Shire Council’s Acting General Manager Mark Arnold said.

“Like any type of work experience, it is also a chance to make valuable connections with people in the workforce - who could end up being your future employer.

"And, of course, the end objective is for Council to retain our young people here in the Shire and be able to offer them traineeships, apprenticeships and other employment opportunities when they arise,” he said.

Byron Community College will deliver a series of ‘pre-employment’ training units that will equip participants with valuable skills and confidence so that they can get the most from their work placement at Council. 

The units will include topics such as problem solving, basic communication skills and digital literacy.  During their work placement at Council, participants will learn about a broad range of local government functions including water operations, records management, childcare, community enforcement and much more.

Byron Community College Director Richard Vinycomb said it was great to see more meaningful and sustainable work opportunities for young people that allow them to remain in this Shire.

“We are glad that Council and NSW Government have taken this important pilot initiative with us in a carefully planned and supportive educational collaboration," Mr Vinycomb said.

The Smart and Skilled strategy has been devised by Training Services NSW in conjunction with local government organisations.  It is being piloted in five NSW regions, with this, the first of its kind in the Northern Rivers region.

Following the pilot programs, it is expected that the strategy will be extended to all NSW councils.

Full details about the program, including how to enrol, are now on the Byron Community College (RTO 90013) website: https://www.byroncollege.org.au/course/BSCPreEmployment
Or call Byron Community College on (02) 6684 3374. 

Media contact:

Media Communication Officer
Byron Shire Council
Ph: 02 6626 7320

Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.