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North Albany Clontarf Foundation students with Water Corporation operators at the Timewell Road Wastewater Treatment Plant as part of an onsite employment day.

Five Clontarf Foundation students have had a glimpse into a career as a water operator during a recent visit to Water Corporation’s Timewell Road Wastewater Treatment Plant in Albany. 

The visit continues a 14-year partnership between Water Corporation and Clontarf Foundation which promotes pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth into the water industry. 

During the visit, North Albany Senior High School Year 11 and 12 students learnt about the local wastewater scheme and the skills needed to become an operator. 

Water Corporation acting Regional Manager Michael Sillifant said the partnership introduced students to a rewarding and challenging career in the water industry.  

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are Australia’s first water managers and there is a lot we can share and learn in terms of how to sustainably manage valuable water resources,” he said. 

“Through our partnership with Clontarf 34 former students have now joined our apprenticeship, traineeship, and graduate programs, bringing valuable insights and perspectives from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.”

North Albany Clontarf Foundation director Peter Watters said students found the visit informative, and were enthusiastic about future employment opportunities.   

“Students really took away a better understanding of the many roles within Water Corporation both in Albany and around the State,” Mr Watters said.

“Site visits are a great way for students to see firsthand what day-to-day jobs are like and to get a feel for what it’s like to work on an operational site.”

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