Local Career Opportunities Highlighted at Council This Week

Published on 24 May 2024

Panellist talking on the stage in front of the audience

This week Wingecarribee Shire Council organised and hosted two fantastic events targeted towards High School students and soon to be school leavers in our region. Both events were well attended, and the feedback received was overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing eagerness for future events of this kind.

On Wednesday evening, the Wingecarribee Shire Council Civic Centre was a hub of activity, inspiration, and networking as it hosted the inaugural Local Careers Information Evening. Around 80 attendees attended the event, which featured 12 diverse stallholders. This event provided a unique opportunity for local youth and their caregivers to gain valuable insights into various career paths directly from industry experts and local employers.

Lisa Miscamble, General Manager, Wingecarribee Shire Council expressed her enthusiasm about the potential benefits for attendees: “There is such an array of local career opportunities in our region, and it's important for our young people to understand what options are here in our area.”

A key feature of the event was the expert panel discussion which included Bradley Warner, General Manager at Bowral and District Hospital; Ben James, Site Manager at Komatsu; Bronwyn Temple, Moss Vale TAFE; Stephen Lowe, Campus Manager at the University of Wollongong Southern Highlands; Charmaine Roth, On-Call Firefighter and Recruitment Project Officer at Fire and Rescue NSW; and Lisa Miscamble, General Manager at Wingecarribee Shire Council. Each panellist shared personal anecdotes about their first jobs, discussed current industry demands, and offered predictions about future trends and technological impacts on their fields.

The Careers Information Evening was not only a platform for exploring career paths but also an innovative approach to traditional career expos, focusing on interaction and personalised discussions.

“It's very important that Council and local employers recognise the importance of such initiatives in supporting local young people and fostering a vibrant, knowledgeable community ready to face the challenges of tomorrow’s job market.” said Lisa.

The second careers event of the week, our annual Careers@Council Expo, unfolded with enthusiasm on Thursday 23 May. The day kicked off in the Council Chambers where students from Moss Vale High, Bowral High, Southern Highlands Christian School and Chevalier College gathered. They were warmly welcomed by General Manager, Lisa Miscamble and Coordinator Governance, Warwick Lawrence.  Lisa and Warwick illuminated the intricate workings of local governance and the structure of council operations.

The event then led students to the Civic Centre Atrium and Theatrette where they could explore and engage with council staff from a wide range of departments such as Tourism & Events, Sustainability & Environment, GIS Mapping, Waste & Resource Management, Strategic Outcomes and a whole lot more about the myriad of career opportunities available within Local Government.  Also present were our local tertiary education providers to help students with the learning pathways to success.

A highlight of the expo, much like last year, was the display and engaging activities up at the Community Oval. The array of equipment – from water trucks to tree harnessing – was not just for show but also a real life look into the day-to-day of our outdoors crew members.

If you would like to know more about upcoming career opportunities at Wingecarribee Shire Council, please visit our Careers@Council webpage at https://www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/Council/Careers-at-Council