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 Elena Sevdimbas. Elena Sevdimbas.

WSI providing training and job opportunities for young locals

PEMULWAY resident Elena Sevdimbas attended a site visit at Western Sydney International Airport (WSI) which created the motivation for her to apply for an Internship at WSI.
The 20-year-old has completed a Diploma of Criminal and Community Justice at Western Sydney University and is currently studying a Bachelor of Criminology, also at WSU.
Ms Sevdimbas said that as someone who was born and raised in Western Sydney and comes from a multicultural background, she felt a connection to WSI and wanted to have an impact, which was the motivator for her to apply for the Internship.
“I am a part of the Community Engagement and Social Impact team at WSI, so my role mainly consists of supporting and engaging with various relevant communities in the area”, said Ms Sevdimbas.
Currently there are more than 4,000 people working on site at WSI. Half of the project’s workforce live in Western Sydney and around a third are learning new skills on-the-job.
Once the airport becomes operational in late 2026 there will be significant new job opportunities directly with the airport and with local businesses supporting the new airport.
Katy Hannouch, General Manager – Community Engagement and Social Impact at WSI said that the Internship Program equips students with practical skills, combined with formal education, to build capability and employment pathways for the community in Western Sydney.
“The Intern Program is aimed at university students in their second or final year of study and the Interns work in a six-month paid program, part time," said Ms Hannouch.
“WSI supports the student’s academic studies, and the interns work on specialist projects, along with a staff mentor.
“Interns are provided with practical skills and experience in a supportive and collaborative environment, with significant networking and professional development opportunities.
“The intern program connects WSI with educational institutions such as Western Sydney University and provides pathways for employment.
“The program also provides WSI with a recruitment pipeline and the students in the program provide the opportunity to diversify our workforce by attracting individuals from various backgrounds.
“Most importantly the young professionals provide WSI with current and best practice thinking and technical capability to support our organisation,” said Ms Hannouch.
Ms Sevdimbas added: “I love everything about being a part of WSI even though I’ve only been on the Internship Program for a little over a one month.
“I have the opportunity to work with a very positive team who is always accommodating and supportive, and I’ve already experienced the amazing transformation of the airport and the terminal during this time."


Michael Walls
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