By CAITLIN CROWLEY

A WESTERN Downs library trainee has taken out the AFL SportsReady First Nations Trainee of the Year award.

Nicole Egel completed a Certificate 3 in Business as part of her traineeship with Western Downs Regional Council and said it was amazing to hear she’d received the award.

“Because I have been out of the workforce for nearly 20 years raising my children, I knew I needed experience to get back out there in the workforce, and this provided the perfect opportunity to do that,” Miss Egel said.

“The traineeship program has given me so much, and my advice to anyone thinking about it, is to go for it and never hold back,” Miss Engel said.

Western Downs councillor Ian Rasmussen said it was fantastic to see a council employee recognised for excellence in their field.

“It’s the people that make the Western Downs so wonderful, and it’s so encouraging to see another outstanding trainee recognised across Queensland and northern New South Wales for their commitment to their role,” Cr Rasmussen said. 

Council has supported eight trainees since first partnering with AFL SportsReady.

“Council offers a range of career pathway opportunities designed to grow skills across a variety of professions, and AFL SportsReady is focused on giving our region’s First Nations residents a competitive edge in the workforce,” Cr Rasmussen said.

“Nicole has not only completed a qualification with Council over the past 12 months, she has also gained full time employment with Council as a Library Services Officer which is a great outcome,” Cr Rasmussen said.

AFL SportsReady is a not-for-profit company dedicated helping young Australians develop careers through traineeships, cadetships, direct employment and educational opportunities.

Applications are open now for the next AFL SportsReady Traineeship with WDRC. To find out more contact Council on 1300 COUNCIL (268 624).

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