Trainee and apprentice intake offers career path

About 12 months ago, school-leaver Chelsea Lamb was one of hundreds of applicants hoping to land a traineeship with council.

She gained a business traineeship with council’s Economic Development program and a year down the track that has now led to a permanent job.

“I was fortunate enough to land a position in the same program I did my traineeship in,’’ Chelsea said.

With applications for council’s 2018 Apprentice and Trainee intake currently open, Chelsea is recommending job seekers apply.

The positions combine training with working in a real job for a real wage.

“I did work experience at council a few years ago, when I was in high school,” she said.

“I just thought it (a traineeship) would be a good place to start – to get some experience in the workplace.”

Her year of work as a trainee with Economic Development has been diverse, learning skills like events management, promotions and administration, including purchasing.

“I got to do a lot to help with the events that we do in Economic Development,’’ Chelsea said.

“I got to help out with (events like) the Elton John Street Party.”

Chelsea said council was a great organisation to work for.

“I think everyone is really warm and very welcoming. I was really scared coming into such a big organisation.

“But everyone was really, really lovely. I just didn’t feel out of place at all.”

A total of 18 traineeships and apprenticeships are currently being offered as part of the 2018 intake, with positions ranging from Certificate III in Business to apprentice mechanic.

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (622 529)

Published: 14 Nov 2017