Three Central Queensland councils are banding together to help civil engineering students gain on-the-job work experience in local government.
A vacation work program has been developed with Bowen Basin Regional Roads and Transport Group (BBRTG) committee members Isaac Regional Council, Central Highlands Regional Council and Banana Shire Council.
Each council will host three vacation students over three years while they study.
Isaac Mayor Anne Baker said the Regional Skills Development Program was a great way for students to embark on an exciting career in the regions while experiencing the unique lifestyle first-hand.
“The Regional Skills Development Program is a unique program to Central Queensland,” Mayor Baker said.
“It exposes students studying civil engineering to a vast range of skills and training, which is a requirement for their degree while allowing them to tap into the knowledge of local government across three regional councils.
“This is an exciting collaborative project between Isaac Regional Council, Central Highlands Regional Council and Banana Shire Council.”
The BBRTG committee recognised the challenges regional Central Queensland councils had in recruiting for graduate engineer positions.
Banana Shire Mayor Neville Ferrier said the program would help fill essential skills gaps in regional councils as well as addressing the lack of opportunities for engineering students to gain regional work experience.
Undergraduate Engineer Daniel Crowley said he was grateful for the opportunity, especially as he could work in his home town of Moranbah.
“It has been a great experience since I started at Isaac Regional Council in November 2019,” Mr Crowley said.
“I am gaining lots of new skills which will be beneficial for me when I finish my degree and enter the workforce.”
For more information about the Regional Skills Development Program, contact Isaac Regional Council on 1300 ISAACS (1300 472 227).