Four young Aboriginal students are the first to take part in a school-based traineeship in water operations supported by Water Corporation.

The students are from Clontarf Academy and Sevenoaks Senior College and are supported by Clontarf Foundation. They will start a two-year traineeship at the Water Corporation depot in Kelmscott to obtain a Certificate II qualification in Water Operations.

Water Corporation Chief Executive Officer Sue Murphy, who recently met the students at a breakfast to launch the traineeship, said this was the first time the qualification had been offered as a school-based traineeship in Western Australia.

“We are proud to offer this traineeship to provide students not only with a qualification before they leave school, but work experience that will increase work and study options once they graduate,” Mrs Murphy said.

Mrs Murphy said the students would carry out onsite work at the Kelmscott Depot under the guidance of a Water Corporation supervisor, as well as structured training through Challenger Institute of Technology.

 “We want young people to see the water industry as a challenging and viable career option, and if this pilot program is successful we will look for opportunities to extend it to other locations across Water Corporation.”

The students will learn various tasks at the Kelmscott Depot, including how to test water quality, repair and install water services and maintain water catchments.

Mrs Murphy said Water Corporation had a strong commitment to support and provide opportunities for Aboriginal youth around Western Australia.

Water Corporation has worked in partnership with Clontarf Foundation since 2008.

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