Council’s employee training is top notch

When it comes to training staff, council is doing a commendable job.

Mackay Regional Council has been named as a finalist in two categories in this year’s 2020 Queensland Training Awards.

We have been named a state finalist in the Premier’s Industry Collaboration Award for our Water Industry Worker Pilot Project.

And a regional finalist in the Large Employer of the Year Award.

Mayor Greg Williamson said it’s great to be acknowledged by the Queensland Government for the work we do in training and upskilling our staff.

“We deliver many services throughout our region and training and personal development is a priority so we can continue to deliver efficient services,” he said.

“The Water Industry Worker Pilot Program is a great example of upskilling a workforce.”

“The program focuses on providing formal recognition of skills for water network employees within nearby council’s so we can co-share a skilled workforce, help reduce operational costs, improve career opportunities and ultimately protect the public health of our water supply networks.”

Council has been named a finalist in the Large Employer of the Year category for providing

accredited training in more than 40 different qualifications, from Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management to Master of Business and for implementing new accredited and non-accredited training and development programs at all levels.

Mayor Greg Williamson said we have a responsibility to the Mackay region to employ local residents and leave them richer from the experience whether they choose to continue their employment here or seek opportunities elsewhere.

The winners of the regional awards will be announced on Friday, September 11, with the state awards announced a week later on Friday, September 18.