Future: Michael Sedgman and Brenton Lewis welcome minister Geoff Brock and trainees Adam Lee, Haylee Campbell and Eliza Wedge. Photo: Peri Strathearn.A council traineeship program has proven so successful at creating jobs for young people in the country, Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock would like to extend it further.

Mr Brock said as much when he met trainees from Murray Bridge, the Mid Murray district and the Adelaide Hills during a visit to Murray Bridge on Tuesday.

“This is one of the best programs we’ve ever had,” he said.

“(Trainees) are staying in their own communities – they’re not travelling to Adelaide, they’re not having to leave their community to get a job.

“Every trainee I’ve spoken to, not one hasn’t enjoyed the job.”

Neither councils nor the state government could afford to go it alone, he said, but working together through the Local Government Association they could achieve the goal of reducing youth unemployment.

The $2 million program has created 57 jobs for previously unemployed people between the ages of 17 and 24, each of whom will earn a Certificate II or III in their two years in the workplace.

The Murray Bridge council provided three of the jobs and the Mid Murray council two across horticulture and business administration.

As well as the visit from the minister, the Murray Bridge meeting also allowed trainees to hear from 2014 state trainee of the year Foster Davis, a finance officer with Murray Mallee Aged Care; and Ella Winnall, a community services coordinator with the Berri Barmera council.

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