Training program

New Council training program to pave the way to employment

The Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) is inviting Expressions of Interest for the new Internal Casual and Temporary Employment Pool (TEMPO Pool).

TRC finance and business strategy committee chairman Cr Geoff McDonald said the TEMPO program would focus on upskilling locals and re-entering the workforce.

“This is an innovative new program for the Council that will help fill the number of vacancies within the Council workforce,” said Cr McDonald.

“In today’s market, there is a lot of competition for jobs and we need to make sure we do everything we can to attract potential suitors to our organization so that we can continue to deliver quality results for our community.

“We are looking for people for our pools of temporary indoor and outdoor jobs. The ideal candidate should have some experience in the relevant field, be highly motivated, readily available and willing to learn.

“The Council will provide training to develop or upgrade skills to increase employability within our organization.

“It’s basically a community outreach program. We understand the demographics of our region and know that there are many people who struggle to find work and remain disadvantaged.

“We particularly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, migrants, mature job seekers, young school leavers, people re-entering the labor market after a long absence and veterans to apply.”

TRC’s finance and business strategy portfolio manager, Cr Kerry Shine, said as one of the region’s largest employers, the scheme was an opportunity for local job seekers to put one foot in the door.

“TEMPO is not designed to train people from scratch. Candidates should have some experience in the relevant field and a positive attitude is essential,” said Cr Shine.

“Participants who successfully complete the training and demonstrate high performance throughout the program may be eligible to join the Council’s pool of casual and temporary employees.

“We see this as a great way to help our community re-enter the workforce after a particularly difficult few years.”

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