Council launches career journeys

Posted on April 14, 2022

Working their way up! Council employees reach their career potential without having to leave town.

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Council employees who have gained valuable trade and academic qualifications in areas such as civil construction, administration, compliance, IT, horticulture, engineering and planning.

With one of the most diverse workforces in the public sector, a job in local government has always offered recruits a unique, real-world experience but it’s Meander Valley Council’s commitment to ongoing professional development that has seen a high percentage of employees reach their career potential without having to leave town.

“Historically, people have had to leave Tasmania to develop their careers, so we have worked hard to provide the same opportunities right here in Meander Valley,” Mayor Wayne Johnston said.

Based on personnel data, 16 percent of Meander Valley Council’s current workforce were hired in trainee or graduate roles with many of those employees progressing to leadership positions.

Council employee Tamali Grant recently progressed from a graduate position to a qualified Environmental Health Officer and is grateful to be part of an organisation that endorses professional development.

“After spending some time working on the mainland, I’m pretty lucky to be able to work in such a beautiful location and enjoy a great lifestyle while still being able to achieve my career goals.”

All employees at Meander Valley Council are offered ongoing learning and are encouraged to seek professional development opportunities at any stage of their career.

“Many employees have been supported to gain higher qualifications or trade certificates and we are proud to have been able to help them to do that,” General Manager John Jordan said.

Council’s commitment to ongoing professional development also delivers a range of broader benefits to the Meander Valley region.

“Investing in our people helps us to deliver the best services possible and allows them to realise a long term future here. In turn, these people invest in the local economy and strengthen our communities,” Mayor Johnston said.

If you are interested in what a career in local government can offer visit or keep an eye on Meander Valley Council’s website for opportunities to join us.