Summer student programme a great asset for the community

This month, six young people completed a rewarding three month programme at the Ashburton District Council, designed to open opportunities and provide professional experience.

The Summer Student Programme we offer at the Council allows a number of students to join our various teams on a full time, fixed term basis where they have the chance to work with experienced professionals from November into February. I’m very pleased to report that our six students this year have done an outstanding job and have left a great impression at Council.

Diving into a range of tasks in the Open Spaces, Projects & Operations, Assets, Museum and Commercial Property teams, the students really made the roles their own. They were able to gain first-hand experience of an industry or field of work that some of them are studying towards, and work on projects that gave invaluable insight into what their career of interest entails.

Rosie Twamley and Connor Lysaght were shown the ropes of running our busy Ashburton Museum, assisting in almost every aspect of the Museum’s activities including archives, collections, public programmes and exhibitions.

Taylor Hampton saw the operational side of our kerbside collection service in the Projects & Operations team, helping with wheelie bin identification processes so that the system continues to run smoothly.

Tim Rodriguez was out on the road inspecting Council-owned properties, such as gravel pits and reporting on their condition.

Ellen Donaldson saw the breadth of Open Spaces duties, first helping to keep our flowerbeds looking radiant, before surveying our public toilets and contributing to a report that will address funding for new facilities.

The complexities and importance of functioning water systems were laid out for Joshua Gills who was able to work on a schedule for improvements to our water treatment plants and collect information on residential water usage. He also carried out soil infiltration tests at our wastewater treatment facility, Ocean Farm.

Ashburton is a fast growing, thriving community, and there are many projects constantly underway at Council to support these activities. I’m very proud to see such passionate, hardworking and inquisitive young people in our community stepping up and taking a real interest in contributing to and furthering these projects. I hope their time with us has been a rewarding experience: we have certainly admired their commitment in the programme.

If you’re interested in supporting our community and joining our dynamic team at the Council, keep an eye on the range of career opportunities available on our website​.​

Page reviewed: 26 Feb 2019 1:10pm