WPC Group, in partnership with Melbourne Water, have launched the careers of 10 diverse young people through the commencement of the 2019 Waterways, Conservation and Land Management Traineeship program.
The 18-month program will provide the Waterways & Land Trainees with the opportunity to build a meaningful career with Melbourne Water – an industry leading employer with a strong commitment to diversity and skills growth.
Manager of Waterways and Land Delivery Works Execution, Service Delivery Hayley Trimble, says Melbourne Water partnered with WPC Group to leverage their experience in delivering a comprehensive program that provides an additional career pathway into Melbourne Water and supports the company’s vision to create a diverse workforce.
“Investing in inspired people within our teams, helps create a diverse and innovative workforce for the future – one which enables Melbourne Water to reflect the community we serve,” Trimble says. “Trainees will help build the capability of the Waterways and Land Delivery team to provide industry-leading safe, innovative and efficient customer outcomes.”
After a thorough orientation, the six female and four male trainees had their first day at their work sites on Monday, April 15. Three trainees are based at the Croydon South site, four in Brooklyn and three in Bangholme.
Based at the Brooklyn site, Amelia Kirley, 20, is looking forward to building a career that positively impacts Melbourne’s environment.
“I am looking forward to being able to help work towards a sustainable future by conserving and making everything in Melbourne liveable – working on waterways, catchments and everything, I feel like I will be making a real difference in this role,” Kirley says.
As part of the Waterways and Land Delivery Team, trainees will gain skills in delivering a range of activities including weed management, plant identification, revegetation, brush cutting and debris removal. They will have access to cutting edge technology and gain the latest industry knowledge. The activities they partake in will ensure overall natural resources management and provision of Melbourne Water’s waterways and land services.
On top of the on-job training with Melbourne Water, trainees will study a nationally recognised qualification, a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management, through Holmesglen Institute of TAFE.
Trainees will have additional support from an experienced WPC Group Mentor, opportunities for further internal training through Melbourne Water, access to a free Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and will receive all appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to perform the role.
Melbourne Water are investing in their future workforce needs and intend to offer fulltime career progression opportunities post successful completion of the traineeship program.