Thursday, February 1, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Addressing Skills Shortages Council Welcomes Graduates In Key Trade Areas

Mackay Regional Council has taken a proactive step towards securing the future development of the region by recently welcoming five graduates into its workforce through the Graduate Program.

With a strategic focus on addressing skills shortages in crucial areas like urban planning, process engineering, civil engineering, and mechanical engineering, the council aims to lay a robust foundation for the region's growth.

Mayor Greg Williamson said council was excited to welcome the new employees into its workforce.

“We are always looking for ways to attract and retain talented people and our Academic Bursary, Graduate and Apprentice and Trainee programs are essential in achieving this,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Our region offers a great place to live, work and play and working at council provides great work-life balance,” he said.

“Our new graduates will embark on a two-year program where they will be placed in different areas to expose them to relevant work experience that aligns with their area of study.

“We have a mix of both local and interstate graduates this year, so we are excited to be welcoming some new faces into our community.

“This month we will also welcome 14 apprentices and trainees into our workforce, highlighting council’s commitment to developing the next generation of skilled professionals in our region.”

Civil Construction Trainee Luke Pain said he was looking forward to starting work at council to obtain valuable skills and experience.

“I was looking for a career that allowed me to stay in the region and pursue something I’m passionate about,” Mr Pain said.

“Having the safety net of staying in Mackay while starting an exciting new career is important to me and I can’t wait to focus my attention on my studies and gain new skills through on-the-job training,” he said.

Applications are now open for the 2024 Academic Bursary Program. For more information head to

Five new graduates, Cameron Deguara, Daniel Igie, Anandha Murali, Jigar Dholariya and Joshua Simkins, were welcomed by Mayor Greg Williamson at a special morning tea last month

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