School-based Aboriginal trainee, Luke Clague, got some valuable hands-on experience into event production during the bump-in for The McClymonts’ concert earlier this month.
As a trainee based with the Clarence Valley Council’s economic development unit, Luke received insight into how the team worked to arrange the presentation of the council’s Clarence Valley Ambassador Award and how a live music event is managed.
Mayor, Richie Williamson, said council was committed to investing time in giving young people every opportunity to launch their careers.
The McClymonts’ management and production team were open to making sure Luke made the most of his visit. Luke is especially interested in the management side of the music industry and Dan Biddle, The McClymonts’ manager, took time out of his busy schedule to chat to Luke and explain his role.
Council’s economic development coordinator, Elizabeth Fairweather, said Luke also had the opportunity to work in the Grafton Information Centre.
“It’s great to see his confidence and customer service skills growing,” she said.
“Managing a trainee means some extra time spent mentoring but the reward you get from seeing them develop is well worth it.”
Luke is completing a Certificate in Business at the Clarence Valley Council while also completing his HSC at school. Luke works one day a week at the council and attends school the other four.
Luke is one of five school-based Aboriginal trainees who started with council July 2015. The trainees are completing a Certificate in Business while completing their HSC at school. The program, developed in partnership with AFL Sportsready, allows young trainees to get their foot in the door toward establishing a rewarding career.