Trainees and Apprentices kickstart their careers with Council

Western Downs Regional Council has welcomed 17 new trainees and apprentices in 2021 as part of its Early Career program.

Based across the region in Chinchilla, Dalby, Miles and Tara, the cohort will complete their traineeship or apprenticeship with industry experience and a nationally recognised qualification.

Spokesperson for Finance, Corporate Services and Business Strategy Councillor Ian Rasmussen says that Council’s early career program is important to the development of the region.

“This year’s intake of trainees and apprentices have accepted positions across several fields including Parks and Open Spaces, Civil Construction, Information Technology, Water Operations, Boiler Making, Business and Rural Services,” Cr Rasmussen said.

“Our comprehensive trainee and apprentice program is integral to the growth of our region because not only are we equipping our young people with skills and industry experience, but we’re investing in the Western Downs.

“The opportunities that our region can offer this group of young people over the next 12, 24 and 48 months are limitless and it’s very exciting that we will be able to support them along the way.”

Civil Construction Trainee Justin Townsend has recently graduated from the Tara Shire State College and is invested in giving back to his community.

“This opportunity is great because not only do I receive a qualification, but I am able to still be connected with my community,”

“It was important to me that I could get a job which allowed me to still be involved with local groups such as the volunteer fire fighters.”

Justin will complete his civil construction traineeship in early 2022.

2021 Trainees and Apprentices

Luke BrownlieBusiness Trainee – Miles
Joshua ChurchWater Operation Trainee – Chinchilla
Laycee FermorBusiness Trainee – Dalby
John FloresCivil Construction Trainee – Miles
Dean FrohloffCivil Construction Trainee – Dalby
Trent GulliverApprentice Boiler Maker – Tara
Christi KanowskiInformation Digital Media Technology – Dalby
Britanie KeatonBusiness Trainee – Chinchilla
Alysha LawsonBusiness Trainee – Tara
Harry MyersBusiness Trainee – Miles
Jordan NegusWater Operations Trainee – Dalby
Yasmyn Phipps – LedgerBusiness Trainee – Dalby
Morgan SmithRural Services Trainee – Dalby
Dani StevensParks and Open Spaces Apprentice – Chinchilla
Justin TownsendCivil Construction Trainee – Tara
Brianna PoganyCivil Construction Trainee – Dalby
Rhys YorkParks and Open Spaces Apprentice – Dalby

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