Cameron Foubister, left, and Brendan Koevoet are the first successful applicants for Waikato District Council's cadetship programme.
A cadetship programme is offering six Wintec engineering students a chance to gain on-the-job experience, a salary and have their course fees taken care of. Cameron Foubister and Brendan Koevoet are the first successful applicants for Waikato District Council's programme, which starts next year and is a result of a partnership with Wintec. Under the scheme, Foubister and Koevoet will work and study part-time for two years before completing one year of bonded employment with Waikato District Council. The aim is to create employment opportunities for civil engineering students and develop highly-skilled and well-rounded council staff members.
Koevoet, an 18-year-old Bachelor of Civil Engineering Technology student, applied for the cadetship as he thought it was a perfect opportunity to gain some hands-on experience within his field of study.
"From when I was first told about this opportunity I thought it was too good to be true," Koevoet said. "Being a successful applicant is such a blessing. I was back at home in Gisborne when I heard the news and when I told my mum she was jumping up and down in excitement.
"This will be my chance to get ahead of the game." Foubister, a 23-year-old former Thames High School student, said it's an opportunity most students wouldn't get. Foubister said the cadetship will allow him to gain crucial experience with Waikato District Council and reinforce the theory and skill sets he has acquired in his study. "I'm excited to be given such a unique opportunity to excel in my career as an engineer," Foubister said.
Waikato District Council General Manager Service Delivery Tim Harty said the selection process was difficult.
There were 25 applications received from a number of quality candidates, Harty said. "We're thankful that Wintec has partnered with us for this cadetship because they've produced two outstanding applicants who I'm sure will thrive when they take on the challenge of developing a range of skills, knowledge and technical experience with us."
Foubister and Koevoet will start their cadetship in January. The programme hopes to have six Wintec students placed with council within two years.
How does the Waikato District Council cadetship programme work?
The programme is open to Wintec students studying the civil elements of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering and the Bachelor of Engineering Technology courses.
Successful cadets are placed in various teams within council including roading, waters, parks and facilities, land development and programme delivery.
As well as gaining civil engineering operational experience, cadets will learn skills in project management, managing budgets, ethics and contract management.
Cadets will be supported by mentors throughout the programme.Cadets will be paid a salary and their course fees will be funded by council.
The aim is to have six Wintec student placements with Waikato District Council within two years.
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