Employment, Traineeship and Work Experience News





During the recent Rockhampton Show several of our students who are completing the combined Certificate II in Salon Assistant and Retail Cosmetics gained some valuable practical experience by working in the Csat Pop up Salon.  Well done girls.








Articles of interest this week:

  • Hastings Deering 2020 Apprenticeships
  • 2020  Diesel Fitting Apprenticeships with Cummins in Emerald and Mt Isa
  • Defence Trade Careers Information Session, Rockhampton  this Wednesday
  • Rockhampton TAFE Careers Expo this Wednesday 26 June

The 2020 Apprenticeships have started to be advertised if any student needs any assistance to apply come in and see me.

Work Experience

Work Experience is compulsory in Year 10 at The Cathedral College.  If your student has not yet organised to their Work experience placement they will now have to complete it during the times listed below. Their placement will need to be organised with an Employer within their industry of choice and the completed Work Experience Agreement form returned to the school in Week 1 of Term 3 .  

Available work experience dates:

  • 23 - 27 September, 2019
  • 30 September – 4 October, 2019
  • 2 -6 December, 2019
  • 9 – 13 December, 2019


PLEASE NOTE: We have received notification that the WHITE CARD in no longer available via online courses.  I am sorry that we were given no prior notification of this change.  Listed below is a course running prior to the school holidays.  If your student is attending a construction site for their work experience, they will need a white card.

  • New Horizons will be running a course 1 July 7.45- 12pm.  Cost is $100.00 you need to wear closed in shoes.  Enrol via website.

CQU has confirmed 30 September – 4 October, 2019 as our Engineering work experience placement week.  If you are interested and have not yet put your name down to secure your place please contact Ms Clark.  

Vocational Education and Training

Pizza Hut Rockhampton are looking to hire  school based students to complete a Certificate 11 in Retail. These positions are available to students in Years 10 and 11.

The position description includes:

  • Customer Service
  • Taking orders over phone
  • Working the cash register / eftpos
  • General cleaning (windows/tabletops etc.)

The hours worked would be 8 hours per week, with the shifts generally being from 5pm – 8pm.

Please submit your resume to Mrs Copping if you are interested in applying.


Casual Employment Opportunities

Kitchen Hand - Allenstown Hotel, Rockhampton: We are looking for a kitchen hand to join our team at the Allies.

This position is for 12-15 hours/week and you must be available nights and on weekends.

Drop a resume in or email us at


Juniors Wanted - Cranstons Pies, Rockhampton: To begin immediate training during school holidays.

If you are between the ages of 13-17 and are prepared to work after school and on weekends, then we want you.

Please email a brief resume to

Applications close Wednesday 26 June


Sales Assistant - Jay Jays, Rockhampton 


Subway, North Rockhampton: We have an opportunity available for someone to join our team. If you are energetic and think this job is perfect for you, send an email with your resume and availability to or drop a resume in store.


Lifeguard Heroes Required: Aqualification & Fitness (A&F) are seeking potential new applicants to be Heroes.

Heroes ensure the safety of others. They protect the community. We need Heroes to lifeguard at the Northside Pool, protecting the community this season.

We provide outstanding aquatic and educational experiences to families and individuals in our local communities and beyond. A&F values family, education and safety and prides itself on maintaining a high standard of water quality.


  • Ensure the safety of patrons
  • Customer service
  • Educating the community on water safety
  • Facility maintenance
  • Emergency response


  • We are happy to provide access to training.
  • Lifeguarding, First Aid and Bronze Medallion courses will be conducted in August at the
  • Northside Pool.
  • Swimming Skills are essential.


  • Pool Lifeguards: 16
  • Bronze Medallion: 14 (Kiosk Staff only)


  • Passionate
  • Resilient
  • Persistent
  • Able to show a willingness to learn
  • Have a commitment to safety

You will be required to attend a First-Round Group Interview with your parents if you are under the age of 18. Please email your resume, two current referees and yours/your parents preferred time for the First-Round Group Interview to

First Round Interviews will be conducted on:

  • July 21: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • July 22 & 24: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Application are due by July 20, 2019


Fulltime Employment Opportunities

Hastings Deering Apprentice Intake 2020:  Hastings Deering are seeking first year applications for their 2020 Apprenticeship Program across Hastings Deering Operations throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory for commencement in early 2020.

Opportunities include:

  • Auto Electrician
  • Boilermaker
  • Electrician
  • Engine Reconditioner
  • Fitter Machinist
  • Diesel Fitter

About you:

  • A genuine interest in pursuing a career in your chosen trade, demonstrated through previous work experience or studies in that area
  • Completing year 12 in 2019 or have previously completed Year 12 with a minimum sound achievement in maths and English OR
  • Have completed Year 10 with a sound achievement in maths and English and have a minimum 2 years work experience
  • A positive attitude towards workplace health and safety
  • excellent listening and comprehension skills
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills
  • A willingness to commit to structured training

Applications open 8 July 2019 -  See Mrs Copping for more information.


2020 Heavy Diesel Mechanical Apprenticeship, Emerald and Mt Isa

  • Outstanding opportunity to become a fully qualified Cummins Mechanical Technician
  • Undertake a Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology (AUR31116)
  • Gain practical experience with a global leader in engine technology

Bring your enthusiasm and determination to a role that will grow your career.

Working under supervision of a qualified Cummins Technician, you will learn everything that comes with diagnosis and repair of Cummins engines and products. 

What’s in it for you?

  • Earn while you learn
  • Obtain a nationally recognized qualification
  • Complete formal TAFE/Registered Training Organization study
  • Receive on the job training and exposure to Cummins engines and heavy vehicles
  • Product specific training with our very own Cummins Technical Trainers

About you

Cummins are looking for applicants with the following attributes:

  • A positive attitude and eagerness to learn
  • The ability to work well in a team
  • Completed or currently enrolled in Year 12 preferable or
  • Completion or near completion of a pre-apprenticeship or relevant vocational training
  • Good level of language, literacy and numeracy skills
  • Part or full-time work experience in any field of work would be desirable
  • Right to work in Australia 

About us

At Cummins, everything we do is underpinned by our commitment to safety and collaboration. Cummins is a recognised segment front-runner in the On & Off-Highway, Mining, Power Generation, Rail and Marine market segments.

We are a value based organisation who place the highest priority on customers, employees, shareholders and the communities in which we operate. Learn more about us at .

How to apply

Click the “Apply Now” button to submit your resume. Shortlisted candidates will go through a multistep selection process.

Cummins are dedicated to diversifying our workforce and encourage Indigenous Australians, women and individuals with a disability to apply for our apprenticeship programs. 

All Apprenticeships will have a commencement date of 30th of January 2020. 

For more information or a personal discussion regarding this opportunity please e-mail the Cummins Recruitment Team at For all applications please click on the link provided.


Hairdressing Apprenticeship (Part time), Rockhampton: Do you have a flair for styling hair? Do you enjoy interacting with Customers? Then is could be you!

A wonderful opportunity exists for someone who has a genuine interest in committing to a Certificate III Hairdressing Apprenticeship. This is a Part-time Apprenticeship based in a well-established hair salon.

This employer believes that the true essence of any great relationship is 'Communication' so good customer services is a MUST.

This employer is looking for applicants who have their licence and a car, due to the job call outs where they may be required to do special wedding commitments etc.

This role would ideally suit a recent school leaver who lives local, and who takes a lot of pride in their own personal presentation, not too over the top, just clean, tidy and well presented. This Applicant must have a great attitude.

This is a small salon with a professional stylist who will oversee and train you as you work through the different phases of your apprenticeship.

If this sounds like a team you`d love to be a part of - Apply today.

Hours of operation:

Wed - Sat 9.00am to 4.00pm


2020 Apprenticeship Intake, McMahons, Mackay 

  • Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanic - Mobile Plant Equipment Mechanic
  • Auto Electrician

Macmahon are currently inviting stand out individuals to join our award winning apprenticeship program across our Queensland Operation.

You will become an integral part of the Macmahon team where a fantastic opportunity to commence a career in mining, grow with us and become a member of our world class tradespeople awaits.
These positions will be offered on a 7 days on / 7 days off roster and will require you to be residential in Mackay Region.

You will enjoy working in excellent workshop facilities where dedicated, high-quality training organisations will invest heavily in your development to help you BE MORE.

In later years you will be required to work on our projects on various Drive-in Drive-out/Bus-in Bus-out (DIDO/BIBO) rosters to gain more experience in different commodities, projects and equipment.
Macmahon are now inviting applications from motivated entry-level and mature-age apprentices who are looking for long-term careers in the following three key trade areas:

  • Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanic - Mobile Plant Equipment Mechanic
  • Auto Electrician

To be considered for a place on our award winning program you will be required to:

  • Complete an online assessment as part of the initial recruitment and selection process.
  • Attend an information and assessment session that will be held in Mackay on the last week of September 2019 (date to be confirmed).
  • Personally cover any costs to / from Mackay this includes flights and relocation costs should you be successful.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Successful completion of pre-apprenticeship training or relevant work experience in the chosen trade
  • Successful completion of grade 12
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude
  • Proven commitment to safety
  • Physical fitness for the demands of the role

Applications must include the following:

  • A handwritten cover letter and an up-to-date resume together saved in one single scanned document. Should clearly state the trades preference from the cover letter/resume
  • A copy of your most recent academic report
  • Copies of your educational and trade qualifications

Should you be successful in being offered a role with Macmahon, you will be required to pass a pre-employment medical, Coal Board Medical, drug and alcohol screening along with obtaining a National Police Clearance.
If you are interested in kick starting an exciting career with Macmahon then APPLY NOW. Shortlisting will commence immediately and applications will close on Friday 5 July 2019.

2020 Apprenticeships, Dalrymple Bay 

  • Mechanical Fitter
  • Electrician

Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal P\L and MRAEL are partnering to recruit motivated people interested in undertaking a Mechanical Fitter and Electrical Apprenticeship. 

Our apprenticeships follow a structured training plan providing you with exciting projects and work under the supervision of highly experienced and qualified trade mentors. You will work across all areas of the terminal and assist with the maintenance of plant equipment such as conveyors, stacker/reclaimers and ship loaders.

You will benefit from:

  • First class training
  • Five weeks annual leave
  • The challenge of working with multimillion dollar equipment
  • A trade that will take you places
  • Working in an environment with the best views of the QLD coast

To be successful, ideally you will have:

  • A strong focus on working safely
  • Initiative and willingness to learn
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment
  • Previous work experience in preferred trade
  • Ability to obtain a drivers licence in 2019
  • Senior certificate or equivalent (expect to have at the end of 2019)
  • Sound results in Maths A or Maths B, English and relevant vocational education subjects.

Candidates will need to be available to attend an Assessment Centre on Thursday 29 August or Friday 30 August 2019, if you are shortlisted for the apprenticeship.

How to Apply: Please visit our website and view JOB ID 3407 (Mechanical Fitter) and JOB ID 3408 (Electrical)


Apprentice Intake 2020, G&S Engineering, Mackay 

  • Boilermakers
  • Fitters
  • Electricians

G&S operates across a variety of work fronts, from workshops to onsite locations within the coal and port industries, focused heavily on asset management of Dragline, Coal Preparation Plants and underground equipment. We are seeking high calibre people to commence apprenticeships in January 2020.

Our apprentices are exposed to a diverse range of projects and equipment and get to work with experienced mentors in a supportive learning environment. Our flexible working patterns allow our apprentices to gain both the hands on skills required to do their job, and the theory behind what their job requirements entail. Supported by an internal Learning & Development Team, experienced tradespersons, and 3rd party training providers, G&S hope to create a community of skilled trades people that will be our future industry leaders.

We want to hear from you if you have:

  • Strong safety focus, passion to lean and succeed
  • Previous work experience in a similar environment preferred
  • Experience with using hand tools
  • Punctual with a strong work ethic
  • Excellent literacy and numeracy skills
  • Minimum grade 10 Certificate
  • Cover letter to be included (Please specify your trade preference)

About us

A safety driven organisation, G&S Engineering Services currently employs over 1000 personnel to deliver professionally managed engineering, maintenance and construction projects to the mining, materials handling and processing industries.

G&S prides itself in providing a service which enhances the value and performance of our client’s assets.  Our success thus far and moving into the future is achieved only through the ability, determination and passion of our people.

If you would like to join an industry leader, apply now!

Contact Libby Mallett on 07 4963 7777 or

Click here for more information.


Conservation and Land Management Trainee, Gladstone Regional Council: The Gladstone Region is a dynamic Central Queensland coastal region that provides an enviable lifestyle and economic stability for more than 63,000 residents. Gladstone Regional Council is committed to a dynamic, proud and diverse future for the Gladstone region that focuses on working together to balance our Region’s lifestyle and opportunity. Our success is built on a foundation of safe, engaged, high performing talent and teams and a values based culture centred around our SERVICE principles.

Council has an opportunity to appoint a maximum-term (24 months) full time Conservation and Land Management Trainee in the Parks Program Delivery group in Gladstone

Position Summary

The purpose of this position is to undertake a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management whilst assisting Gladstone Regional Council with conservation and land management tasks within the Parks and Environment division.

About you

Council are looking for motivated candidates with a strong desire to learn and succeed as a team member within Council. Other capabilities we welcome are commitment, integrity and honesty with the ability to meet deadlines, good communication and interpersonal skills and an interest in the working environment.

Applicants are required to answer the job specific screening questions and provide a resume, as this forms part of the application process. For further information about the role, please refer to the position description. Applicants should note that due to the volume of applications expected, the evaluation process will take several days and feedback on individual applications submitted is unable to be provided.


We are fortunate to live in an attractive, growing region and proud to be able to provide opportunity for personal growth and career development for our employees. You will have the opportunity to grow your career within a progressive local government organisation, working within a high performing team that values your contribution. You will be rewarded with a salary aligned to the award and a roster that supports a generous work-life balance. We also offer a range of employee benefits including free physiotherapy and discounted health cover and fitness memberships.

Gladstone Regional Council’s vision is that all employees access and enjoy the same rights, responsibilities, resources and opportunities regardless of their gender, identity or cultural beliefs. Council is committed to providing a safe and respectful workplace and has zero tolerance for violence against women.

Please be advised that the preferred candidate for this position, as a condition of employment, may be required to complete a pre-employment medical, criminal history check and attend and participate in a skills assessment to further evaluate suitability for the position.

Council is committed to connecting with the Gladstone region community. Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and Australian South Sea Islander peoples are encouraged to apply for this employment opportunity. 

Position closes 12 noon Friday 28 June 2019.  Click here for more information.


Traineeship in Process Plant Operations Technician - Gladstone Qld, GAGAL: The successful applicant will gain technical knowledge of refinery process systems, develop skills to operate process facilities and build knowledge of mechanics.

The traineeship will include both theory and practical learning as well as continual support and mentoring throughout your traineeship.

The role will require you to learn how the processing plant and operations work and then get out there and make it work. You will be intimately involved in day to day operation of all aspects of the plant from truck loading to major maintenance activities. You will also be required to work in the site laboratory to ensure product quality is maintained. You will be employed as one of the operators and as your skill and knowledge improve you will be given more responsibilities around site.

“Northern Oil is a great place to learn about industry and process operation with a good atmosphere and awesome people to work with” – said a previous trainee.

Essential Criteria:

  • Reside locally within Gladstone region
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Previous experience in a similar role or environment preferred
  • Strong time management and organisation skills
  • Current drivers licence

Personal attributes:

  • Hard working and self-motivated
  • Take and apply instruction to complete tasks
  • Interest in process operations
  • Professional appearance
  • Ability to adapt to and work with all types of people
  • Patience, tact and diplomacy

If you have the above attributes and experience we would like to hear from you. 

We are an equal opportunity employer.

To apply please send a covering letter and your resume to

Applications close COB Friday 28 June 2019.

For enquiries please contact GAGAL Recruitment on 1300 242 425 or


Apprentice Diesel Fitter, Waterson Diesel, Gladstone 

Commencing January 2020

To be considered for this role you must have:

  • Good written and verbal skills
  • A strong mechanical aptitude
  • Passion for the industry
  • Willingness to learn and take instructions
  • Excellent time management skills
  • C Class drivers licence (P’s ok)
  • Pride in your work and the ability to work as part of a team

Shortlisted candidates will be required to participate in 3 days work experience during the September school holidays to determine the best candidate for the role.

Send resume’s and cover letter addressing the criteria to


Warehousing Operations Traineeship - MIGAS, Rockhampton: Do you like being always on the go, are a pro multi-tasker, and believe that everything has its place? Is working in a close-knit team something that invigorates you? Take your organisational skills to the next level with this Warehousing Traineeship.

Undertaking this two-year traineeship will give you the opportunity to become a qualified Warehousing Storeperson and earn your Certificate III in Warehousing Operations.  

You will learn the ins and outs of picking and packing, stock take and dispatch of materials within a warehousing environment. Reporting to the Leading Hand, you will also be responsible for administration and generating reports required for monthly reordering consumables.

This position is located in Rockhampton and you will be working for a client that has a workforce of over 3000 employees and has developed a reputable and global business within the fields of technology solutions, parts and service support. Their Head Office is based in Archerfield QLD with an additional 23 business service centres throughout Queensland, the Northern Territory, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia.


We will actually pay you to learn! How many of your Uni mates get paid to study?

Potential to be selected for one of MIGAS’s annual MiScholarship funding, a combination of a cash prize and additional financial support

Your own personal MIGAS mentor who will guide you through your apprenticeship

Free uniforms and PPE when you start with MIGAS

We are a culturally diverse employer and actively advocate for local Indigenous Australians and women in trades


We are searching for a go-getter with a can-do attitude, who demonstrates excellent listening and communication skills. You must get a kick out of pristine organization, and follow safety requirements to a tee.

Must haves:  

  • Completed Year 10 at the minimum
  • Driver’s licence and own transport
  • Multi-tasking skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Motivated team player

If you think this could be you – apply online now by submitting your resume and cover letter explaining why you think you would be the best Warehousing Trainee!

Not sure what to say in a cover letter? Don’t sell yourself short – visit our website for some great tips on how to write a stand-out cover letter. 


Rio Tinto Apprenticeships – Boyne Smelters and Yarwun refinery, Gladstone 

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

About the role

We are looking for Apprentices – Engineering Mechanical (Fitter and Turner), Diesel Fitter, Boiler Maker, Electrical and Electrical and Instrumentation to join our Rio Tinto’s Operations in Gladstone – Yarwun and Boyne Smelters, 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.

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

  • 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.

Click the link to apply.


Indigenous Opportunities - BHP 2020 Apprenticeship Program: We are seeking diverse and talented 1st year applications for our 2020 Apprenticeship Program across BHP’s Queensland Operations. For commencement in early 2020, we are offering a number of opportunities within the Bowen Basin communities in which we Operate.

About the role: This is an outstanding opportunity for both 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 the business, via structured practical and theoretical training competencies.

On completion of your 4 year apprenticeship, you will have earned a trade qualification that is recognised globally.
Nationally Accredited trades Certificates being offered may 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)

Click here.


BMA Apprenticeship Intake, Central Queensland including Indigenous identified intake

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Will continue to deliver jobs to Central Queensland through our 2020 Apprenticeship Intake.  At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity.  We are seeking applications from a diverse group spanning school leavers through to mature age people, reflecting the Bowen Basin communities in which we operate.  Apprenticeships may include:

  • Electrical
  • Automotive Electrical
  • Boilermaking
  • Diesel Fitting
  • Mechanical Fitting
  • Refrigeration mechanic


  • Electrical – a minimum Year 12 pass in Maths B or QSmart Maths and English
  • Other roles – a minimum Year 12 Pass in prevocational Mathematics and English

Click here and here.


Junior Administrative Assistant - Grant & Simpson Lawyers, Rockhampton: Grant & Simpson Lawyers are looking for a well presented, enthusiastic and responsible person with some computer knowledge to perform general office duties, including filing, banking and relieving reception. Please note that this position would ideally suit a Year 10 or 11 school leaver.

In the first instance please email Mrs Isabell Millar, Office Manager, at


Civil Construction Apprenticeship x 2 positions, MIGAS - Rockhampton: We’re looking for someone with a genuine interest in starting a career in the civil construction industry. You need to be comfortable working outside and getting your hands dirty, have a stable employment history and have completed a minimum of Year 10 while being able to demonstrate maturity and a safety first attitude.

Must have:

  • Manual Driver’s license and own transport
  • White card  
  • Previous laboring or outdoor work experience
  • Be comfortable travelling and working in outdoor conditions

If you think this could be you – apply online now by submitting your resume and cover letter explaining why you think you would be the Civil Construction Apprentice!

Not sure what to say in a cover letter? Don’t sell yourself short – visit our website for some great tips on how to write a stand-out cover letter.


Alliance Airlines Bulk Recruitment - Rockhampton: As a result of the expansion of Alliance’s operations and the establishment of a Rockhampton base, some exciting local opportunities are becoming available.

We are therefore seeking applications for the following positions:

  • F100/70 First Officers and Captains
  • Aircraft Engineers
  • Cabin Crew

Alliance will provide type rating courses where required with training bonds applicable.

To apply, please send your application to

All expressions of interest will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Further information about Alliance can be found at:


2018 school leavers (Year 13) - Certificate ll in Electrotechnology, Electrogroup: Electrogroup Training, in partnership with Challenge Employment & Training are running a full time , 10 week Cert II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) commencing June 24th, 2019. This program is funded by the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program to help eligible Queenslanders develop skills, gain a nationally recognised qualification and be provided with direct assistance to enter and stay in the workforce.

This program would be ideal for year 13’s who are interested in gaining employment in the Electrotechnology field.

Please see Mrs Copping for more information.

Please note: Info sessions will be held at the Electrogroup Campus, 23 Denham Street, Rockhampton.

The website below contains a lot of information regarding Year 13. Year 13 (Home of Post School options) is an organisation that has funding from the Federal Government and private organisations.

They provide information on:

  • Career & life advice
  • Gap years
  • Apprenticeships & traineeships
  • Study options
  • Jobs
  • Gap year programs



Mrs Karen Copping (Careers Coordinator)

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