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Work Experience With Council Provides Valuable Skills for Student

Council Chief Executive Officer Sharon Ibardolaza says Council is very pleased to give Mount Isa Special School Year 12 student Nicholas Lehtonen the opportunity to complete his work experience at Council’s nursery.


This Friday, May 24, Nicholas finished up his work experience at the nursery, after beginning on Friday, May 10.


“For three hours each Friday morning for the past couple of weeks, Nicholas has been an invaluable member of the nursery team,” Ms Ibardolaza said.


“He has been assisting the staff members there with looking after and maintaining the nursery’s plants, including weeding, repotting, fertilising and watering.


“These plants will eventually find their way into garden beds in the CBD, as well as other local beautification projects.


“I commend Nicholas for all of the very helpful work he’s been doing, and I hope he has enjoyed his time completing work experience at Council, as well as learning the many valuable skills he has picked up along the way.”


Ms Ibardolaza said Council has been participating in the annual placement for general school-based work experience programs for many years.


“Being an advocate for equal-opportunity employment, Council has also participated with providing work experience and employment to students and employees with special needs,” she said.


“We are always happy to support local students.


“The opportunity to complete work experience enables students to gain an insight into employment opportunities first-hand, which in turn assists them in making important career decisions that will help guide them into the future.


“It also enables participants an opportunity to gain some early skills and develop self-confidence.”


Mayor Joyce McCulloch said Council has a strong focus on, and commitment to, growing and helping the local young workforce, such as through taking on local trainees and apprentices, which has tangible flow-on benefits such as encouraging more young people to live and work in Mount Isa.


Nicholas said he was very much enjoying his time at the nursery, particularly looking after the many different plants there.