MRC takes on school-based apprentices

Published on 28 March 2024

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Two school-based apprentices have been welcomed into Murray River Council’s workforce this year, undertaking qualifications in Heavy Diesel Mechanics.

Year 11 students from Moama Anglican Grammar and Barham High School will spend one day per week working for council for the next two years while they complete a recognised qualification as part of their Higher School Certificate studies.

Murray River Council mayor, Frank Crawley emphasised the program's value in providing practical experience and industry qualifications alongside academic pursuits.

“School-based traineeships are a fantastic way to ensure local students have a successful transition from school to work or further study,” he said.

“The program provides a great opportunity for students to gain on-the-job experience locally instead of them having to relocate to larger cities, which is undoubtedly a bonus for our communities in the longer-term.”

A school-based apprenticeship combines paid work and training with school studies. As well as an industry recognised national qualification, students also gain credit towards their Higher School Certificate.

Whilst Council has employed locals in trainee positions previously, this is the first time the organisation has joined the School-Based Apprenticeship program.

Council was approached by the schools requesting them to consider participation in the program initially, with the organisation now hoping it can continue to take on new students under the program annually.

"We're thrilled to welcome these two students on board at our Mathoura and Moulamein depots," Cr Crawley said.

"This partnership with our local schools highlights Council’s commitment to promoting ongoing growth for youth and local employment right across the area.”

Pictured: Jack Sander from Moama Anglican Grammar works at Council’s Mathoura depot.



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