The LGEA is pleased to announce that Wollongong City Council has won the 2018 Employer of Choice Award.
Now in its fourth year, the award highlights good employment practices within NSW local government – particularly those that are designed to attract and retain engineers and other technical professionals within council organisations. It is also designed to identify and reward local government organisations that have developed good relationships with the LGEA at the workplace level.
This year the LGEA received a number of nominations which were shortlisted down to two very strong nominees – Wollongong City Council and City of Ryde Council.
Just like last year when Riverina Water was named the 2017 Award winner, this year’s selection process proved to be extremely difficult. Judges were impressed with all nominees, particularly both shortlisted councils.
Wollongong City Council was ultimately chosen at the 2018 LGEA Employer of Choice Award winner due to Council’s enterprise agreement which includes an attractive set of employment conditions and its commitment to recognising high performers in the workplace. Wollongong also recognises the important contribution that unions play in a modern workplace.
Where Wollongong really stood out however is the steps that it is currently undertaking to build its internal engineering capacity to a level where it can confidently deliver its capital budget and provide services to the community now and into the future. It is also making a strong investment in its future workforce and has developed a close relationship with the University of Wollongong (UOW) and local TAFE.
Glenn Whittaker, Project Delivery Manager and Ted Spasich, Design and Technical Services Manager were in attendance of the LGEA Annual General Meeting in Dubbo on Friday 30 November to accept Wollongong City Council’s Employer of Choice Award.