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Community services advocate
Published 10 September 2021
Sarah, 21, is the newest trainee to join the City of Playford, supporting her studies in Community Services while being mentored and trained by Council staff.

You may recognise Sarah Dawber's friendly face that greets you at The Precinct, while busily helping within the Healthy Food Co or supporting community activations.

Sarah, 21, is the newest trainee to join the City of Playford, supporting her studies while being mentored and trained by Council staff.

Sarah said she loved the diversity in her traineeship obtained through Maxima, while she completes her Certificate III in Community Services.

“Each day I get to do a variety of activities relating to the community services sector,” she said. “Every day there is always a new challenge and I am learning so much. “I love the workplace, I get along with all my colleagues and the volunteers,” she said.

A highlight in her role has been building a relationship with NDIS participants at a community event run through the Playford Wellbeing Hub.

“I have enjoyed engaging with these clients through the clay workshop hosted by the City of Playford,” she said. “It gave me lots of joy and fulfilment to engage with these clients in a creative environment.”

Once completing her studies, Sarah hopes to obtain a position within the community services to continue making people’s lives better.

“I would like to become a domestic violence case worker to help support families and make a real difference,” she said.

The City of Playford has supported more than 40 trainees and apprentices employed through Maxima over the past five years.

Traineeships and apprenticeships offered at Council support the community to gain employment in a range of different areas such as field work, finance, community development, creative industries and customer care.

These opportunities are great ways to help kick-start your career into the job or industry of your choice, boost employment credentials by receiving accredited qualifications and equipping you with the skills and knowledge to be able to succeed in the future.

Trainee Sarah Dawber This is Playford
Sarah, 21, is the newest trainee to join the City of Playford, supporting her studies in Community Services while being mentored and trained by Council staff.