Lake Macquarie Council and Hunter Water join forces for pioneering pathways program

Lake Macquarie Council and Hunter Water join forces for pioneering pathways program

Lake Macquarie City Council and Hunter Water have joined forces for a Hunter-first program aimed at providing better career pathways for university graduates.

The program’s first intake includes four new graduate employees – two Communications and Engagement Officers and two Civil Engineers.

Each will rotate between the two organisations, spending twelve months at one before transferring to the other to complete the two-year program.

Lake Macquarie City Council Workforce Planning Coordinator, Belinda Leck, said the aim of the program is to give graduates an opportunity to show off their newly acquires skills at the Hunter/Central Coast based organisations

“The hope is that these graduates will be able to incorporate knowledge and practices they have learnt into both our organisations,” Belinda said.

“As two of the region’s largest employers, we want to be industry leaders when it comes to innovation and job opportunities for the younger workforce.

“We’re always looking for ways to attract and retain younger employees to stop the brain drain away from our region to capital cities.”

Hunter Water Head of People and Culture, Ian Pike, was equally excited about the new program.

“Employment is also an enabler of growth, and Hunter Water is proud to partner with Lake Macquarie Council to deliver employment opportunities for the next generation of professionals,” Ian said.

Throughout the program, graduates will collaborate with other program participants, sharing knowledge of each organisation’s workplace practices.

For Communications and Engagement Officer, Eliane Beveridge, who commenced her employment this month, it’s an exciting way to begin her career.

“This is the first time I’ve seen a graduate program structured like this. To be able to work between two large organisations straight out of university is such a unique opportunity,” Eliane said.

After her twelve months with Lake Macquarie, Eliane will now move to Hunter Water.

“I’m already learning so many new skills here at Lake Macquarie and it will be interesting to take these skills to Hunter Water and apply them to their communications department.”

Belinda said the program could lead to further collaborations with Hunter Water and other local organisations, with the aim of fostering a range of workplace opportunities for university graduates.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with such a large and established organisation in Hunter Water, and to work together to mentor young people at the beginning of their careers,” Belinda said

Lake Macquarie City Council’s side of the program adds to its existing Education to Employment (E2E) initiative.

E2E is a Council-run workforce program that allows participants to work in a team contract position and gain professional experience.

“E2E gives young people the tools and skills to adapt to the workforce and provide them with a smooth transition while gaining valuable workplace experience. This graduate program is an exciting extension of those principles,” Belinda said.

IMAGE | Eliane Beveridge, Grad Communications and Engagement Officer, George Harrodine Grad Civil Engineer and Georgina Ragen Grad Communications Officer (Left-Right)

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Lake Macquarie is the fastest growing city in the Hunter, and one of the largest cities in New South Wales. Lake Macquarie Council is the Local Government area comprising of the town centres of Belmont, Cardiff, Charlestown, Glendale, Morisset, Mount Hutton, Swansea, Toronto and Warners Bay.

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