Former North Albany Senior High School student Corey Ward is about to become the third Albany Clontarf Academy graduate to qualify as a Water Industry Operator at Water Corporation.

Corey said the Water Corporation traineeship provided him with a foot in the door to the water industry, as well as an interesting and challenging career.

“Like anyone who’d just left school, I wasn’t sure which direction I’d take,” Corey said. “After a couple of years doing different jobs, it was only when my buddy suggested Water Corporation that I considered applying, and the opportunity to learn on

the job has really worked out for me.” Corey from the Great Southern

Clontarf Foundation Director Phil Gilbert has been following Corey’s progress since his graduation from the Albany Program in 2011.

“Corey always displayed a strong work ethic in all Clontarf activities, and developed into a fantastic role model and strong leader and I’m sure he’s on his way to an interesting and rewarding career,” Phil said.

Water Corporation Regional Manager, Adrian Stewart, said the ethos behind Clontarf Academy was instrumental to the success of their graduates.

“Clontarf encourages a willingness to learn and have a go and Corey embodies that,” Adrian said.

“He’s also made the most of other opportunities, such as gaining his Excavator, Heavy Rigid Licence and Dogman ticket, as well as completing his Blue Card.”

“With his strong work ethic and positive attitude, he is a real asset to Water Corporation.”

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

“We are proud of our links to the Clontarf Academy and the local Aboriginal community.  Our aim is to provide and promote a strong and diverse workplace and recruiting Aboriginal employees forms a significant part of that commitment.”

Fact file:

  • NAIDOC Week runs from 2-9 July 2017 and celebrates history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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


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