Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) is boosting opportunities for apprenticeships in Bundaberg through its Doorways 2 Construction (D2C) program.
Shalom College students Matthew Sewell and Jacob Mitchell have both secured apprenticeships through the CSQ initiative – a scheme which they say has given them the confidence to join the workforce.
Matthew has started a school-based apprenticeship in electrical training, while Jacob has begun a part-time apprenticeship with Zielke’s Cabinetmaking Works.
“D2C gave me great insight into the construction industry,” Jacob told APN Media.
“It made me realise that cabinet-making is what I want to do. Zielke’s Cabinetmaking Works are a great company and I feel very fortunate to have joined the team.”
Matthew echoed Jacob’s sentiment, saying his experience in the construction sector to-date has already taught him so much, adding that he would “recommend a career in construction to anyone at school looking at their options for the future”.
Last week, CSQ announced that it will fast-track a number of traineeships in Queensland to help with “urgent” flood recovery efforts in parts of the state.
The initiative, which will focus on the Bundaberg and North Burnett areas, will support the removal and clean up of damaged buildings in the region.