Gunnedah High School student Mya McRae undertaking Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Program Scholarship

Gunnedah Shire Council's HR manager Glenn Learmont, school-based trainee Mya McRae, arts and cultural officer Lauren Mackley and HR advisor Fiona Ludlow. Photo: Supplied
Gunnedah Shire Council's HR manager Glenn Learmont, school-based trainee Mya McRae, arts and cultural officer Lauren Mackley and HR advisor Fiona Ludlow. Photo: Supplied

Indigenous trainee Mya McRae is celebrating three months at Gunnedah Shire Council’s Cultural Precinct. 

A recipient of the Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Program Scholarship, the 17-year-old is a school-based trainee and is enjoying the experience.

“I do it because I want to learn skills in business and work with people and customers,” Mya said.

“Working at the Cultural Precinct is great. It’s right in the heart of town and you get to meet so many people, locals and visitors, and you are helping them, which I enjoy.”

The Gunnedah High School student works at the precinct once a week and is completing a Certificate II in Business as part of her HSC.

“The work I am doing at the cultural precinct is one step closer to figuring out what career I want when I leave school,” Mya said. 

“I would be happy to continue working here for a couple more years.” 

The Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Program provides funding to organisations to support Aboriginal education, employment and training. The council was successful in receiving the funding, which it extended to the community in the form of a scholarship for school-based trainees. Interested students had to apply for the position and attend an interview.

Council’s HR advisor and scholarship coordinator Fiona Ludlow said Mya has “embraced” the job and she is happy with her performance.

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