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Tim Miles. Lee Constable

Thousands of locals apply for 23 job vacancies

STAGGERINGLY, about 1000 people have applied for just 23 trainee and apprenticeship positions with Mackay Regional Council.

Corporate communications and marketing manager Ken Furdek said the council had received a tremendous response with a good calibre of applications for the positions.

"Our recruitment team has started analysing all applications and will soon move to the next stage of establishing an assessment centre for interviews," Mr Furdek said.

The council would take on 23 trainees and apprentices across a range of areas including business, civil construction, conservation and land management, he said.

Mackay Chamber of Commerce chairman Tim Miles said this was not the only time he'd heard of such large numbers applying for limited roles.

"Another business put an advertisement for a workshop supervisor and they got 240 applicants in two days," he said.

"We are seeing a lot more of it."

In June, the Daily Mercury revealed 300 people applied for 15 jobs at Chemist Warehouse, which was just about to open.

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Mr Miles said previously, at the peak of the mining boom, there had been a skills shortage and now the cycle was coming back the other way.

"Whenever you hear these amazing numbers it means something is out of kilter," he said. "We'd prefer it not be like this; we don't want to see people out of work."

Mr Miles said he could not see the economic conditions changing any time soon.

"I don't see any major change happening until the end of next year," he said.

Mayor Deirdre Comerford said the council's apprenticeship and traineeship program was a fantastic opportunity for young school-leavers as well as mature aged residents looking for a rewarding employment opportunity with strong qualifications.

Interviews for positions will take place later this month.

Mr Miles said from a business point of view it was definitely easier now to find good people for positions.

"Two years ago we were struggling to find anyone to come and work for us," he said.

"It's back to a more normal market where there are a lot of people applying for jobs."



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