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