Real life skills and fun

Article image - Real life skills and fun Redland City Council trainee Laura Denmeade When Laura Denmeade applied for a Redland City Council traineeship last year, she never expected her role description would include feeding live crickets to frogs.

But after working at Redland City Council’s IndigiScapes centre as a trainee business administration officer, the 17-year-old said a council traineeship could include all sorts of unexpected fun activities.

“It has been great. I have done things I never would have expected, like help set up weddings and other events.

“I really enjoy feeding the frogs at IndigiScapes live crickets and mealworms; at first it was a bit scary but now I love it.

“I am also undertaking elective courses in Aboriginal culture and tourism and I have had the opportunity to go over to North Stradbroke Island to learn about tourism and also be involved in Aboriginal events and activities to learn more about the culture.”

Laura was part of Council’s 2013 trainee intake, which placed 12 people in a variety of positions within Council.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Alan Beard said the Council traineeship program was a great way for people to learn while on the job.

“The program offers the opportunity to earn money while learning new skills and combines practical on the job experience and training.

“The program is open to students as well as mature aged applicants and offers positions across a variety of departments, including horticulture, water operations and administration.”

After more than seven months as a trainee, Laura said she would encourage others to take up the challenge.

“It has been great. I have learnt so much working at Council and have matured and grown so much. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.”

More information on Redland City Council’s traineeship program can be found at