Council cadet scheme recruiting

Another round of council cadets is being recruited by the Central Otago District Council (CODC).

The cadet positions were established two years ago by previous council chief executive Leanne Mash in a bid to attract more young people into local government.

Current chief executive Sanchia Jacobs said one of the two cadets taken on for the initiative was with the council for a year before leaving to pursue further training and the other would finish her two-year cadetship at the end of this year.

She said the programme had gone well so far.

The cadet positions were aimed specifically at high-school leavers who lived in the Central Otago district, Ms Jacobs said.

The two-year cadetships would be made up of two to three-month placements in various departments - such as pools, libraries, engineering and information services - so cadets could "sample the different careers local government has to offer'', Ms Jacobs said.

As well as paying cadets a wage, the council had a small training budget so if a cadet showed a special interest in one career path, it might assist with course costs or specific training.

Applications are now being taken.


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