A new program to support career development opportunities for young local government employees is now open.
The Metropolitan Local Government Youth Development Program, administered by the Department of Local Government and Communities will offer traineeships and scholarships to help attract and retain young people in the sector.
Through the traineeship program, local governments will be provided support to employ young people, aged 24 years or under, through access to grants of up to $5,000 per trainee to pay course fees and $15,000 per trainee as a wage subsidy.
In addition, scholarships of up to $10,000 are also available for employees aged 30 years or under to participate in nationally accredited training.
The initiative follows on from the success of the Country Local Government Fund Youth Development Program, which provided $1.2 million to fund new traineeships and training scholarships in regional councils.
Applications the scholarship and traineeship programs close at 4.00pm on Monday, 12 December 2016.
A series of free training workshops will also be offered in early 2017 for local government staff members under the age of 30 to develop their leadership skills and prepare them for a fulfilling career in local government.
Details about the workshops will be available soon.