Apprentice encourages others to apply for Council’s trainee and apprenticeship program

Date published: 20 June 2022

Less than six months into his electrical and instrumentation apprenticeship with Townsville City Council, 17-year-old Ben Dixon has already worked on heavy machinery, water reservoirs, industrial switchboard fit-outs and sewerage pump stations.

Applications are open now for the Council’s 2023 trainee and apprenticeship program, and Ben is encouraging anyone looking to kickstart their career to apply.

“One of the best things about working at Council has been the variety of work,” Ben said.

“I can work on anything from domestic, commercial and industrial electrical installations while learning from some of the most experienced tradespeople in the business.

“In the short time I have been with Council, I have already gained a lot of on-the-ground experience working on various projects and learning from experienced people.

“Through Council, I also have the opportunity to gain extra qualifications like machinery tickets that I wouldn’t be able to at some other organisations.”

Mayor Jenny Hill said applications were open for several sought-after trades and professions.

“We know there is a skills shortage in Townsville of some vital trades and professions, which is why Council’s program isn’t only about addressing the organisation's future needs but also the needs for the community,” Cr Hill said.

“We are proud to help those entering or re-entering the workforce gain nationally-recognised qualifications and experience in their chosen disciplines while also helping to keep local talent in Townsville, close the skills shortage gaps and grow our regional workforce.

“Some of the disciplines we are looking for this year include trainee and apprenticeships in mobile plant tech, heavy commercial vehicles, business, electrical, horticulture, IT service support, laboratory techniques and civil construction.

“These roles are essential if we are going to continue to grow Townsville.”

For more information about the trainee and apprenticeship program, visit Career Pathways.

Townsville City Council's first year apprentices Ben Dixon and Michael Mitchell
Caption: Townsville City Council's first year apprentices Ben Dixon and Michael Mitchell.