Apprenticeships are up for grabs
APPRENTICESHIP intakes are now open for many companies in the Mackay region.
Despite a downturn in the mining industry, interest in trade positions remains high.
Mackay Regional Council has 23 positions on offer across a variety of fields including business, civil construction, conservation and land management, production and events, libraries, electrical and waste management.
Mayor Deirdre Comerford said council's apprenticeship-traineeship program was a great opportunity.
"Undertaking a council apprenticeship opens up endless opportunities," she said.
Applications for council's 2015 apprentice and trainee programs close August 28.
Mackay Sugar also has a number of programs on offer with applications closing September 19.
Alice Wood is a council trainee.
She is studying a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management.
"There were 1000 applications for the position," she said.
"There were a number of stages during the recruitment process."
Ms Wood said after she finished year 12, she walked straight into a career which she enjoyed.
"Taking part in a traineeship is great," she said.
"There is so much support.''
Now in her final year, Ms Wood said she didn't look back.
"There is no such thing as an average day," she said.
"We are doing something different every day.
"There are also plenty of opportunities."
Council CEO Barry Omundson started his career as a fitting and machining apprentice in the Royal Australian Navy.
"I'm really proud to be part of an organisation that is the region's highest employer of trainees and apprentices in a single intake," he said.
Ergon Energy and Aurizon also offer apprenticeships on a regular basis.