WDRC Mayor Paul McVeigh with Early Career diesel fitter apprentice Michael Glasby
WDRC Mayor Paul McVeigh with Early Career diesel fitter apprentice Michael Glasby Shannon Hardy

Council gives new opportunities to up-skill

YOU might notice some new faces among WDRC staff with 30 new apprentices and trainees being inducted this week.

The new employees, 10 of whom are based in Dalby, are part of the council's 2019 Early Career Program which aims to give the participants industry experience and clear career path options.

Apprentice diesel fitter Michael Glasby, 19, said he has always enjoyed the mechanical field.

"I'll be working on maintenance to heavy machinery and small machinery like lawnmowers - basically anything that's got an engine in it,” Mr Glasby said.

"It helps the community and there is a broad range of machinery here so I'll probably get the best experience possible for my apprenticeship.”

Caitlin Smith is looking forward to helping with Big Skies as part of her events traineeships.

"I like seeing everything come together right at the end,” Miss Smith said.

"All the hard work and effort's shown off so everyone can see the good work that we've done.”

Mayor Paul McVeigh said council received 859 application for the Early Careers program.

"That's great news for us because it shows our young people are really keen to get hands-on experience, local employment and opportunities to stay in our communities.”

"Council is very excited to be able to offer the opportunity of both traineeships and apprenticeships to our young staff.”