Rebuilding Townsville with commitment, compassion and strength
- 29 November 2019 10:27AM
Creating employment opportunities for Queenslanders is an important priority for the department as part of the Queensland Government’s broader focus on Advancing Queensland’s Priorities. The Building and Asset Services Apprenticeship Program is a key part of this commitment, with the department welcoming a further 42 enthusiastic apprentices in 2018–19.
Working at 12 locations around the state, from Thursday Island down to Robina, the apprentices are learning a diverse range of trade skills to help them become the next generation of electricians, carpenters, plumbers, painters, stonemasons and refrigeration mechanics.
Townsville apprentice carpenter Daniel Marsden described “the ability to work under very experienced tradesmen” as a key benefit of his apprenticeship.
Joining the three female apprentices recruited in July 2018, the March 2019 intake also included four young women, including Jessah from Mackay who has taken on carpentry. “I’m really looking forward to working with my hands, becoming qualified and seeing how far I will go,” she said.
Alisaa from Toowoomba was also enthusiastic about what a trade career would bring her. “I want to learn my trade well and build good relations with my mentor and colleagues. I have already had a start in a design-based role in the building industry, and I wanted to be in a job that keeps me fit, active and healthy.”
Jess from Longreach is following a family tradition by taking up the tools. “There aren’t many females in the carpentry industry in Longreach – but I am looking forward to getting started. I’m also renovating my own home. My grandad was an inspiration for me when looking to take up the profession,” she said.