2016 - State Award - Employment & Training
Cassowary Coast Regional Council has been awarded for excellence in vocational employment and training.
Council earned two awards at the 2016 Skill360 Australia Employment and Training Awards - for Host Employer of the Year and Trainee of the Year.
Rates and Customer Service trainee Celine Di Palma is the 2016 Trainee of the Year.
As Host Employer of the Year, Council was recognised for its many years of providing vocational employment and training, its strong training and professional development record and its promotion of careers with local government at events such as the Cassowary Coast Skills Day Out.
Mayor John Kremastos described the results as "another outstanding achievement by Cassowary Coast Regional Council staff".
Human Resources manager Meredith Russell said Council had a rich history of providing vocational employment and training going back more than 50 years, having offered a range of apprenticeships and traineeships over this time.
"It is rewarding to see our commitment recognised,'' she said. "Our current longest serving employee began work for the former Cardwell Shire Council as a cadet drafter in 1962 so I can say with confidence that Council has been offering vocational employment for at least 54 years."
Celine Di Palma said she was honoured to have been named Trainee of the Year. The Rates and Customer Service employee has been working at the Cassowary Coast Regional Council for almost a year and has completed a Certificate III in Business during this time.
"It's been great to come to work each day knowing that I'm advancing my skills and also helping people in the community,'' she said. "Everyone has been really supportive and welcoming. A traineeship with Council has been an excellent way to get my career started.''
Ms Russell acknowledged Skill360 for hosting the awards night and for all the support given to Council's many apprentices and trainees over the years. She also acknowledged the Local Government Association of Queensland and the current and former Queensland Government for the ongoing funding for vocational training in local government.