Students welcomed

By Country News

Goulburn-Murray Water is providing university students an opportunity to experience working at Australia’s largest rural water corporation as part of its Kickstart program.

Now in its fourth year, G-MW has employed 12 students as part of its summer internship — the largest group since the program’s implementation.

The 12-week paid program involves students working in a range of G-MW departments, including engineering, science, business, law and property services.

The objective is to assist students in achieving practical experience and help ‘kick-start’ their careers.

For RMIT University student Poppy Harding the program is all about ‘‘getting on-site, interacting with the community and experiencing first-hand rural and irrigation water’’.

‘‘I have been fortunate enough to be placed in the construction team with the Connections project, which is something I had never considered before,’’ Miss Harding said.

‘‘Last summer I was involved in a vacation program for three months in the mines in Western Australia in the Technology and Innovation Team.’’

With only six months to complete of her Melbourne-based double degree in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science, Miss Harding said she would be interested to hear about future employment opportunities with G-MW.

For fourth-year Deakin University mechanical engineering student Jordan Bicknell, the program has been great to gain practical experience outside the classroom.

G-MW learning and development co-ordinator Zara Milenkovic said the program was all about providing young people with an opportunity to see what was in their own backyards.

‘‘The Kickstart program is becoming increasingly popular and this is a great way for local students to add practical experience to their resumes,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s also great to keep skills and expertise in our local region where possible.’’