HANDS-ON: Civil construction trainee Kurt Goodhew encourages the public to get into council apprenticeships.
HANDS-ON: Civil construction trainee Kurt Goodhew encourages the public to get into council apprenticeships. Allan Reinikka Rokatrainee

Kurt encourages tradies to get started with council

FOR trainee Kurt Goodhew, working for Rockhampton Regional Council has helped him build up the region - and his resume.

The civil construction trainee has been at the council for 10 months, and said he would recommend anyone apply for the 2015 intake apprentice and trainee round.

"I'd really encourage people to give it a go," he said.

"I've been at council for the past 10 months as a civil construction trainee working in the areas of road construction, line-marking and concreting. My skill level has really improved, particularly as I'd done some work in concreting before, and the hands-on experience has been really great," he said.

"I've had the opportunity to work on major projects including the Lakes Creek Landfill road upgrade, which gave me a really good understanding of the different elements of road building from kerb and channelling to installing traffic lights."

Council CEO Evan Pardon said the program always attracted great interest with many opportunities across a range of work areas.

"Our aim is to grow and develop their skills and our workforce as a whole," he said.

"We have several employees within our organisation that started off as trainees or apprentices and have continued to work with council for many years."

Applications are open for a warehouse trainee, first and second-year apprentice fitter and turner, landscape construction apprentice and seven positions are available for business administration trainees across the council area.

Applications close on Sunday, September 6.



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