Employment, Traineeship and Work Experience News

There is a large number of 2019 apprenticeship online applications currently open.  Please come and see me if you require any assistance or information regarding the application process.


VET/School Based Traineeships

National Australia Bank - School Based Traineeships, Rockhampton North, Emerald and Yeppoon: NAB, in partnership with Maxima are seeking applicants from current Year 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are interested in a school-based traineeship in banking.

If successful, you will be working as part of a team to meet the daily needs of NAB customers.  This may include greeting and welcoming customers, serving customers face-to-face, selling to meet customer needs, assisting with day-to-day banking needs and other general enquiries.

Trainees will work one day a week in a NAB branch with the opportunity to work full-time for part of the school holidays. Read more and apply at  See Mrs Copping for more information.


Employment Opportunities

Thiess 2019 Apprentice Intake, Queensland: Thiess is the world's largest mining services provider. We offer the widest range of in-house surface and underground mining capabilities across Australia, Botswana, Canada, Chile, Indonesia and Mongolia. Our life-of-mine insight, tailored approach and commitment to excellence keep us at the leading edge…optimising the mining value chain for each client.

And we're not done. We continue to drive innovation, through long-term relationships, so our clients are best positioned in a competitive global market. Our people are central to our success and are empowered to contribute their skills, knowledge and experience to continually exceed industry benchmarks. Our culture is built on our Principles of Integrity, Accountability, Innovation and Delivery, underpinned by a commitment to safety in everything we do. 

Thiess has a diverse workforce enriched by an inclusive work environment, accessible to all. As part of our commitment to increasing equal employment opportunities, within our business, we strongly encourage applications from Women and Indigenous candidates.

Working with experienced colleagues at various Thiess projects, our four-year structured Apprenticeship Program will offer you the chance to participate in training towards a nationally recognised trade qualification.

You will need to be self-motivated, conscientious and committed to developing a career for yourself in the resources industry. A mature attitude is essential and you must be willing to learn new skills and accept direction.

Thiess Apprentices have all of their college fees and associated costs covered by Thiess and are supplied with full PPE and a uniform.

Please note that at this time, we are only looking for candidates who are not already completing an apprenticeship.

To be eligible to apply:

  • You need to have completed year 12 as of 1st January 2019, with passes in English and Mathematics (this is not a requirement for mature age (over 21) applicants)
  • You have a current driver's licence (a provisional licence is accepted)
  • Be able to relocate to the mine site area if not currently living locally (or self-funded FIFO)
  • Be willing to relocate to another Thiess site if requirements at current site change. Please note, this move may be interstate

Shortlisted applicants will progress through a structured recruitment process which can involve (but not limited to) participation in an assessment centre, formal interview, medical examination (including drug and alcohol testing) and reference checking.

Please note, if successful you will be required to complete 16-week full time training program in Brisbane prior to starting on the project you are recruited for. Accommodation in the Brisbane area for the duration of the course will be at your own cost.

The 2019 intake of the Thiess Apprenticeship Program will start early February.

The apprenticeships are on offer over a variety of our projects across the country. Please note that this is an indicative list only, positions and locations available are subject to change.


  • Curragh North Mine (Blackwater)
  • Lake Vermont (Dysart)
  • Dawson (Moura)
  • Peak Downs (Moranbah)
  • Jellinbah (Blackwater)
  • QCoal (Collinsville)


  • Heavy Equipment Diesel Fitter
  • Automotive Electrician
  • High Voltage Electrician
  • Fabricator (Boilermaker/Welder)

We are committed to developing a diverse workforce that represents the communities in which we operate. Mature aged (over 21), Women and Indigenous candidates are encouraged to apply.

If achieving success and progressing your career is your passion, then consider joining an organisation that's as excited about the important things as you are.

Click here to apply.


Apprentice intake 2019 - Kynaston Engineering, Mackay: Kynaston Engineering is a long established and locally owned engineering business based in the Industry Hub of Paget Mackay. Kynaston Engineering is a major service provider acrossthe diverse industry that feeds Mackay’s strong economy. The team at Kynaston Engineering pride themselves on quality workmanship. All staff having a diverse skill set which has enable Kynaston Engineering to grow and expand its operation over the past 20 years.

As part of our commitment to training our own local youth with the latest in engineering technology and process, we are pleased to offer the following Positions beginning January 2019

  • Certificate III in Business Administration
  • Certificate III in Engineering – Fitter / CNC Machinist
  • Certificate III in Engineering Metal Fabrication

What is required:

  • The Fitter / CNC Machinist and Metal fabrication position will require the candidates to sit aptitude testing and ideally have had some work experience completed for the related trades.
  • All positions will be required to have a minimum Sound Achievement in Year 11 or 12 Mathematics, and English / English Communication. 

We are looking for enthusiastic employees who have a willingness to learn and develop a career in Engineering and Business development. So if you want to work for a trusted, locally owned and stable company, apply now!

How to Apply:

  • Send your resume to, with the position you are applying for as the subject. Please include two consecutive school report cards (if completed school with in the last 2 years). A short list of candidates will be selected to attend an assessment day to be advised. All notifications will be communicated via email.
  • Applications close 3pm Friday 31/08/2018


Zambrero Team Member, Rockhampton: Zambrero is a quick-service Mexican restaurant by trade and a humanitarian, socially responsible organisation by values. At Zambrero, we source the best ingredients, which are prepared and served in an exciting, fast-paced and dynamic environment. Every burrito or bowl purchased at Zambrero also helps provide a plate of food to those in the developing world through our plate4plate initiative.

We are seeking enthusiastic team players who enjoy a laugh at work to join our fun and friendly team!

About the Position

Our crew takes pride in preparing and serving Zambrero's delicious food. Reporting to the Store Manager, you will be required to consistently follow Zambrero's high standards of customer service, recipes, procedures, cleaning and sanitation to ensure that our guests' experience is always the best it can be. This exciting role will encompass the following key responsibilities:

  • Completing hot and cold food preparation accurately, neatly and in a time-efficient fashion.
  • Following recipes accurately and maintaining food preparation processes.
  • Preparing food as needed, including anticipating and adapting to customer volume.
  • Maintaining appropriate portion control and consistency, while monitoring food levels on the line.
  • Maintaining proper food handling, safety and sanitation standards.
  • Providing a friendly, high-quality customer experience to each Zambrero customer.
  • Understanding and articulating Zambrero food with integrity.

About You

Suitable candidates with the following skills and experience are encouraged to apply:

  • Ability to exhibit cheerful, hardworking and helpful attitude and provide exceptional customer service.
  • Ability to cooperate as part of a team and foster positive work relationships with all restaurant personnel.
  • Ability to speak clearly and listen attentively to customers and employees alike.
  • Ability to maintain a professional, well-groomed and neat appearance at all times.
  • Ability to multitask and adapt to changing customer levels as required.
  • Ability to work in all 3 of our Zambrero stores will be an advantage.
  • Ability to work weekends.
  • Ability to work late night shifts.

The position offers genuine career progression opportunities, training programs and a chance to make a difference in the community. For further information regarding Zambrero – our food, our people and our culture, please refer to our website

Please send your resume to We look forward to hearing from you!


Season Casuals, BCF, Rockhampton


The Green Eat, Rockhampton: We are looking for 14-16 year olds to join our awesome Saturday morning crew must be available to work 6.30am-2pm Saturday’s .  Email your resume to


Apprentice – Mechanical and Electrical and Instrumentation - Rio Tinto, Gladstone 

  • Gain on the job experience and knowledge in a recognised trade qualification
  • Ongoing training and development
  • Life friendly coastal location - Gladstone

About the role

We are looking for Apprentices – Engineering Mechanical (Fitter and Turner) and Apprentices – Electrical and Instrumentation to join our Yarwun maintenance team, where you will work across a variety of areas and gain exceptional knowledge and skills.

These roles are a great opportunity for hands on, self-starters who are looking to commence their career in the mining industry. Reporting to the Supervisor - Maintenance, you will be:

  • Learning trade knowledge and skills relating to plant maintenance, machinery, processes and systems deployed across the site.
  • Working towards completing an apprenticeship in conjunction with a nationally recognised training plan through internal and external training (i.e. TAFE).
  • Working as part of a team to ensure safe, continuous and environmentally responsible operations.
  • Gaining experience from a range of qualified trade experts whilst being supported by onsite apprentice mentors.

About you

To be successfully considered for this role, you will have:

  • A minimum sound passing of Year 10 Mathematics and English (if applying to the Mechanical Apprenticeship) or a minimum sound passing of Year 12 Mathematics, English and Physics (if applying to the Electrical/Instrumentation Apprenticeship).
  • The desire and willingness to learn with a self-motivated ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Strong work ethics with a commitment to health, safety and environmental work practices.
  • Experience working as part of a team and strong verbal and written communication skills.

Where you will be working

Rio Tinto is a global leader in aluminium, one of the world's most widely used metals. Active in the sector for more than 110 years, we operate large-scale, high-quality bauxite mines and alumina refineries; alongside the world's most modern and competitive aluminium smelters portfolio. Our industry leadership includes our benchmark smelting technology and enviable hydropower position, key strengths in today's carbon-constrained world.

About us

As pioneers in mining and metals, we produce materials essential to human progress.

Our long history is filled with firsts. We’ve developed some of the world’s largest and best quality mines and operations, and our people work in around 35 countries across six continents. Aluminium and copper, diamonds, gold and industrial minerals, iron ore, coal and uranium: our materials make up the world around us. You’ll find them in smartphones, planes, cars, hospitals and throughout your home.

Creating an inclusive and diverse workforce

We are a diverse team of talented, enthusiastic individuals who foster a culture of inclusion. No matter how they may differ, our people share one thing in common. It’s a belief that work is more rewarding when we are accepted and valued for our differences, not judged by them. We all have something to contribute, and it’s this contribution that makes for a great organization and fulfilling career.

Apply today if you want to work with the latest technology and innovation, in an environment where we challenge you to drive positive change.

Please note, in order to be successfully considered for this role you must complete all pre-screening questions.

We are seeking to increase the diversity across our operations in order to improve equal opportunity outcomes for our employees and encourage female applicants to apply.

Go further with Rio Tinto where you will be rewarded with a competitive remuneration package and benefits, whist working in a culture that drives and supports you every step of the way.

Click here to apply.


2019 Apprenticeship Program – Dawson Mine: Applications for our 2019 Apprenticeship Program at our Dawson Mine are now open.

Dawson Mine is offering apprenticeship opportunities in the following disciplines:

  • Diesel Fitting
  • Electrical
  • Boilermaking

The Anglo American’s Apprenticeship Program focuses on developing your technical and leadership skills in an on-the-job environment surrounded by experienced tradesman and leaders. We offer a supportive environment where your drive to participate in new challenges will be encouraged, allowing you to reach your full potential. As part of the program you will be provided with workplace training and a tailored development plan to give you a future with a difference. You will undertake structured training in working areas of the mine and rotation of duties to maximise your exposure to various facets of the operation, with time off for block release training in your chosen trade.

If you are a motivated and enthusiastic team player who is reliable and enjoys taking a hands-on approach to new experiences, we want you to share your talents with us. Your strong communication skills, attention to detail and ability to solve problems will be key to your success in the program. A Certificate 1 in Resources Infrastructure Operations will be highly regarded however, it is not essential.

If you have the ambition to work for a leader in the mining and resources area and the drive to deliver results on a consistent basis, apply now. For more information, please visit

Ref No: 724914

Click here to apply.


Ergon and Energex 2109 Apprenticeships – Queensland Wide: We’re taking applications for our 2019 apprenticeship intake. Great range of opportunities available across QLD. Hear from one of our apprentices in the video below or click here to apply. 

  • Various electrical apprenticeships located in metro, regional and remote areas of Queensland
  • Earn an attractive hourly rate with uniforms, PPE and tool of trade supplied
  • work with experts who will mentor and support you through rotational placements


Apprenticeship Program 2019 - Adani Port Operations

-  Certificate III Engineering – (Fitting & Turning Trade)

-  Certificate III Electrotechnology – (Electrician)

Full time – Adani Port Operations  

Adani's vision is to be a globally admired leader across integrated infrastructure businesses with a deep commitment to nation building. They require a growing need for talent in their operations at the Abbot Point Coal Terminal, and are seeking quality applicants for the position of Coal Terminal Operator.

We are offering the following Apprenticeships:

As an Apprentice, you will be supported whilst you learn your trade through a combination of TAFE training, onsite work experience.  Throughout the four year program, our Apprentices are exposed to a challenging, exciting and dynamic working environment.

These residential opportunities located in Bowen North Queensland will provide you with a work/life balance, with direct access to the beautiful Whitsundays.

Our Apprentices receive:

  •  An inclusive and friendly Work Culture
  • Professional Development opportunities
  • A Competitive Salary Package
  • Everyday opportunities to be mentored by our professionally qualified Tradespersons with a wealth of knowledge and experience!

Applicants will have:

  • Completed Year 12 in 2018 with sound results in Maths and English
  • Electrical Trade applicants must have successfully completed Maths B and/or Physics
  • Accommodation and reliable transportation with the ability to travel to training and work placements

Are you our ideal candidate?

You will be an enthusiastic and motivated individual with a strong focus on safety, a solid commitment to excellence and present well with strong communication skills. Bring your positive attitude, and be prepared to work hard for the rewards on offer. If you believe that you meet these expectations and more, we would love to hear from you!

Secure your future now and take advantage of a strong career pathway our diversity can offer!

Upload your application including your cover letter, CV and school results

Applications close: Friday 24 August 2018

Please send your CV and cover letter to


Electrical Apprentice - Nepean, Mackay: At NEPEAN™ we're proud to be Australia's leading privately owned engineering, mining services and industrial manufacturing organisation. We have unique capabilities to deliver high value, innovative and sustainable solutions for the world's leading mining, construction and transport companies.

NEPEAN Longwall (a division of NEPEAN™) are an innovative provider of fully engineered turnkey Longwall solutions, from concept to commissioning to after-market sales support for a range of mining customers across QLD and NSW. With state of the art facilities in Mackay and Rutherford, a dynamic and highly skilled workforce and a customer service focused business model they are well positioned for growth.

Opportunities are open to suitable candidates to join our team as an Apprentice Electrician, within our Mackay based, Longwall Workshop. The role is competency based, providing an avenue to complete your trade certificate within four years whilst gaining skills that are highly regarded within Nepean and the broader Mining and Industrial Fields.

We are looking for applicants with a genuine interest in entering an Electrical trade, who have shown commitment to their studies and work experience and have exhibited skills and attributes to suit our requirements.

To be successful within this role you will have:

  • Completed a minimum of year 10, with High Achievements in Maths and English
  • Possess a positive attitude towards learning and teaching staff
  • Show a mature attitude towards health, safety and the environment
  • Be focused, attentive and able to maintain a high level of awareness at all times
  • Have the ability to listen, learn and retain information
  • Be able to work and communicate well with others

An apprenticeship with Nepean provides you with numerous benefits, including:

  • Opportunities to complete your trade with an Australian market leading business
  • Diversity of equipment, training and trainers, providing a broader range of skills
  • Highly regarded future career path with opportunities to branch across the Nepean business units within Australia and world wide
  • Integrated work relationships with Mechanical, Fabrication and Hydraulic trades, to add depth and knowledge to your training
  • Support from a dedicated team of industry experts and role models

These positions are suited to entry level candidates looking to start their exciting career with Nepean Longwall.  Applications, including cover letter and a current resume should be submitted by Friday 31 August 2018.  Applicants for this position must have unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply.


Build A Bear Workshop are currently recruiting staff, especially in preparation for the upcoming holidays & Christmas holidays, for their  Stocklands Rockhampton Location.

If you are interested email through a resume ASAP  to BOTH and - specifically addressing for Rockhampton Position in the subject line.

Previous experience is not necessary, just a positive attitude, confidence and reliability with a good work ethic.  Anyone With  A Bubbly Fun outlook would be ideal for these positions. Staff would need to either live close to the Centre or have quick access to reliable transport/able to get to work each shift on time.

Build A Bear  Workshop is a children's store, where we make Teddy bears for guests and give a wonderful magical experience to all .    


Junior Administration Assistant Position: McMurtrie Consulting Engineers (MCE) is seeking a Junior Administration Assistant (Entry Level Position) to commence in January 2019.

It will be a permanent, full time position, which will include general administration duties:

  • General administration duties as required
  • Typing of correspondence
  • Formatting documents and reports
  • Data entry and database upkeep of files
  • Answering phones and answering queries
  • Meeting and greeting clients
  • Filing and archiving
  • Maintaining the office stationary and stock
  • Photocopying and scanning of documents
  • Maintaining our social media sites

MCE will be seeking a person with:

  • Excellent interpersonal, spoken and written communication skills
  • Sound keyboard and data entry skills
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills
  • The ability to undertake tasks with a demonstrated high attention to detail.
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to multi-task effectively
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team

The successful person will ideally be someone looking to enter into the area of administration and offer a high level of common sense, flexibility, a willingness to learn and be able to learn new skills quickly.  Training, guidance, support and mentoring as well as the opportunity to enrol in a funded administration course will be provided to the successful person. 

McMurtrie Consulting Engineers is the largest engineering consultancy in Central Queensland and is 100% locally owned and operated.  Offering a comprehensive range of engineering services, we provide professional, quality and timely services for infrastructure projects in regional Queensland.    

You can learn more about MCE at

If you think you are interested in this position please do not hesitate to email your resume together with a cover letter to Cherylann Pentecost at


Michel’s Patisserie - Rockhampton: Michel’s Patisserie at Allenstown Square are looking for junior casual staff in Year 9 or 10 who can do minimum of 3 shifts a week after school and weekends.  If interested please apply with resume at the Michel’s (opposite Woolworths).


Shop Assistant - EJ’s Foodworks, Rockhampton: We are currently looking for school juniors at our George St store. We need people that are bright, happy and keen to work. Availability on the weekend is a must. If you are 14-16 years and think you fit the bill please email your resume to


Apprentice Boilermaker, Rockhampton - Fleet Industries Pty Ltd: Fleet Industries is a heavy fabrication workshop based in Yeppoon, QLD. Fleet is currently seeking self motivated apprentice boilermakers to be a part of the fabrication team.

Preferred applicants will have the following key attributes:

  • Completed yr 10 or higher
  • Available and willing to work full time
  • Enjoy undertaking hands on activities
  • Able to perform basic calculations
  • Able to perform manual work
  • Good manual dexterity with the ability to use tools and machinery
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Safety awareness
  • Organised with good attention to detail
  • Reliable and self motivated
  • Willing to learn and take instruction from others

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who enjoys learning new skills and has high attention to detail. Must be ready to work full time in a manufacturing environment and be committed to building a career in the metal fabrication trade.

Only local applicants will be considered for this role, so please ensure your address is clearly stated on your resume. 

There is an opening for an immediate start and one commenceng in December 2018.

Applicants should forward a detailed cover letter and resume to:


2019 Glencore, Mt Isa Mines Apprenticeships - Mt Isa: Positons will be offered at our Mount Isa Mines operations based in Mount Isa for commencement in late January 2019 across the following trade areas:

  • Boilermaker
  • Electrician
  • Fitter Welder
  • Fitter Turner
  • Diesel Fitter
  • Mechanic
  • Auto Electrician
  • Radio Technician
  • Refrigeration Technician

Read more here.


Indigenous identified Mining traineeships available - Middlemount, QLD: We have 8 mining traineeships available for entry level candidates at Anglo Amercian's Capcoal Mine. They will run under the "Murri's in the Mines" program completing a Cert III in Surface Extraction.

To be eligible you must live within three hours of site. Please see Mrs Copping for more information.

Email applications to


Indigenous Opportunities - BHP 2019 Apprenticeship Program - BMA Coal, Various Positions:  At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities.  Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success. Come and be a part of this success.

We are seeking diverse and motivated 1st year applications for our 2019 Apprenticeship Program with BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA). BMA is the world's largest seaborne coking coal supplier. Opportunities for Apprenticeships in 2019 will be available at Blackwater, Broadmeadow, Goonyella Riverside, Peak Downs, Saraji Mines Sites and Hay Point Coal Terminal.

About the role:

This is an outstanding opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school leavers and mature aged candidates to develop a dynamic and fulfilling career. The program is delivered to develop cultured, engaged, highly skilled and work ready apprentices to our business.  It will be a structured program with practical hands on and theoretical learning required to achieve competencies of the program. On completion of the 4 year apprenticeship, you will have earned a trade qualification that is recognised globally. Nationally Accredited trades Certificates being offered will include:

  • Automotive Electrical (Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology)
  • Diesel Fitting (Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology)
  • Electrical (Certificate III in Electro technology Electrician)
  • Mechanical Fitting (Certificate III Engineering- Mechanical Trade)
  • Boilermaking (Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade- Boiler Making/Welding)
  • Refrigeration Mechanic (Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration)

About You

  • Demonstrated interest in your chosen trade through work experience or hobby / interests
  • A high commitment to safety, quality and attention to detail and procedures
  • Motivation to achieve personal work goals and objectives
  • A strong desire to learn and develop a range of new skills associated with your chosen trade
  • A team player with a willingness to work with others and contribute to achieve results.
  • For Automotive Electrical, Diesel Fitting Mechanical Fitting and Boilermaking trades you will need a minimum Year 12 pass in prevocational Mathematics and English or equivalent.
  • For Electrical roles you will need a minimum Year 12 pass in Maths B or Q Smart Maths and English, or equivalent.

Click here for more information.


Apprenticeship Program 2019 - Plant Mechanic – Emerald: Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia (HCA) is a global brand providing a variety of machinery for the Construction, Mining and Forestry industries. At the heart of HCA's trusted and reliable equipment lies a team of talented and dedicated people committed to providing industry-leading machinery and solutions.

The Role: As part of our 2019 Apprenticeship Intake, we are offering the Nationally Accredited Trade Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology (Heavy Duty Diesel Fitter) Apprenticeship. Based in Emerald, Queensland this exceptional opportunity is perfect for any candidate who is hungry to learn and wanting to develop a fulfilling and long-term career.

The Offer: When you choose an apprenticeship with us, you'll receive training and experience on market-leading machinery with some of the best people in the industry. HCA also offers:

  • Supportive management who want to see you succeed
  • Friendly, goal orientated team culture
  • The chance to work with the latest technologies
  • OEM training
  • Subsidised tools
  • State of the art facilities and a commitment to safe working conditions
  • A culture based on recognition of effort and the opportunity to progress your career

With a solid network of branches nationally we know that success comes from the partnership of our market-leading equipment and our quality people, and as such we value our staff and strive to provide the best working environment possible.

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Chemist Warehouse Northside: There are two Junior Positions available at the Northside Chemist Warehouse. The hours you will be expected to work will be 10-15 hours per week during evenings/night and weekends.

Please drop your resume off to Nicole Featherstone (Retail Manager) at Northside Chemist Warehouse.


Mrs Karen Copping (Careers Coordinator)


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