Three Year 11 and 12 students have joined MidCoast Assist and MidCoast Libraries as trainees through the Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Program.
The Great Lakes College and Taree High School students will complete studies in Certificate III Individual Support (Disability) or Certificate II Business as part of their Higher School Certificate studies.
The program, which employs the students for 100 days, will also enable them to apply what they have learnt on-the-job.
Chloe Nielsen, who is completing a traineeship with MidCoast Assist, said she was enjoying her first taste of employment.
"The workers are awesome and helpful," Chloe said.
"Getting to know the participants and learning new things is amazing."
Janaya Mitchell and Lillie Fuller are completing their traineeships with MidCoast Libraries, settling in well with the team and adding value immediately, according to their colleagues.
"Both Janaya and Lillie have quickly become part of the library team and are already making a great contribution," MidCoast Libraries manager Chris Jones said.
"We're really pleased to be involved in the Elsa Dixon program again," Mr Jones said.
"It's a winner for the students, the library and the community in general."
Elsa Dixon was an Aboriginal woman who played a key role in improving social outcomes for Aboriginal people in NSW.
She was one of the founding members of the Foundation for Aboriginal Affairs and the Aboriginal Medical Service at Redfern, remaining a member of the latter until she died in 1993.
MidCoast Council community service manager, Melissa Garton said the opportunity to again participate in the EDAEP generated significant outcomes for council and the community.
"It reflects the value we place on diversity and inclusion, strengthens the capacity of young people to participate and thrive in community life, increases workforce participation and brings trainees into our organisation in skill shortage areas," Ms Garton said.
"Most importantly, the program gives our new trainees both the qualifications and experience to launch their working careers."
For further information about the Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Program visit Training Services NSW.
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