ISC Head of Junior School Kylie Azzopardi, Supervisor of Mechanical Trades Workshop Luke Crook, Year 9 Student Jayden Wahlin and Senior Diesel Fitter Ian Hodgson in the Workshop

The Innisfail State College (ISC) Connect Student Mentoring program has commenced in 2021 allowing students real life industry experience across a number of services within the Council.

Since 2018, the Cassowary Coast Regional Council has been providing ISC students the chance to gain invaluable insights into the professional workplace and have the chance to explore career aspirations, further their self-development and enhance their work readiness skills.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council Mayor Mark Nolan said the Council is open to providing opportunities for youth transitioning into local employment and this year we were able to place students in Libraries, Customer Service and Workshop teams.

“It is such a beneficial opportunity for students who are looking to move into local employment in the coming years to receive strong mentoring from workplace professionals.

“Through the program, students get exposure to various day-to-day tasks as well as solving problems, challenging the students to grow and develop professionally,” said Mayor Nolan.

ISC Head of Junior School and facilitator of the program, Kylie Azzopardi, said students really reap the benefits of this program and the experience they receive often drives them to pursue further work experience or internships.

“This program enables students to explore potential careers and gain industry experience as well as developing skills such as teamwork and problem solving through one-on-one mentoring. Their chosen mentors are wonderful role models.

“The feedback I receive from students is how varied the work is from week to week. Students are excited to attend the program,” Mrs Azzopardi said.

The Cassowary Coast Regional Council also collaborates with other local schools to support youth development through work experience opportunities.

For further information please contact us on 1300 763 903 or email at enquiries@cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au.

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