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First job booked by Y-Trainee

Tomakin’s Destinee Zischka is the first Y-Trainee to be officially signed-up under Eurobodalla’s innovative Employment Revolution program.

Ms Zischka will complete a part-time traineeship at Moruya Books, combining on-the-job experience with studies for a Certificate III in Retail. She said it was a great opportunity to gain new skills while being able to stay in the shire.

Above: Eurobodalla Council’s Rhonnie South, Apprenticeship Support Australia’s Darren Spurling, Y-Trainee Destinee Zischka and store owner Janice Sagar at Mourya Books.

“There were several businesses offering these amazing opportunities,” Ms Zischka said.

“I had plenty of help during the sign-up process and I understood what was expected at each step.”

Ms Zischka said she was most excited about the opportunity to learn and work at a store she loved.

“I’m excited to go from buying the books to working in the shop that sells them,” she said.

“My goal was a job I could love and I feel that’s what I’ve got.”

Eurobodalla Council’s Rhonnie South implemented the Y-Train program in June this year, copying the organisations trainee and apprenticeship model and opening it up to businesses looking to take on young employees.

“It’s a win-win and helping coordinate a ‘whole of community’ approach to the youth trainee/apprenticeships. We’re supporting both employers and employees through the sign-up process and beyond,” Ms South said.

“I know Destinee, as a school-leaver, is thrilled to begin her career in her local community and not have to move away from the region.”

For more information on the Y-Train program visit or contact Council’s employment and training project coordinator Rhonnie South on 4474 1296 or

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