Gilbert Eastwell completed his cadetship through the Road Design and Training Centre and is on his way to becoming an engineer.
Gilbert Eastwell completed his cadetship through the Road Design and Training Centre and is on his way to becoming an engineer. Shannon Newley

Engineer a new career

WHEN 22-year-old Gilbert Eastwell finished school, he knew he wanted to pursue a career involving design but after 12 years of studying, was just a little over it.

After hearing about the Road Design Training Centre, he decided it had the best of both worlds – he could pursue a career in engineering and get paid to do it.

“A government representative came to the school advertising jobs and a Main Roads cadetship was included,” Mr Eastwell said.

“I talked to a friend who worked at the department in Toowoomba and organised a couple of weeks of work experience to get a feel for what I would be up for.”

He said apart from being launched straight into a working environment, the cadetship had the added benefit of a weekly pay packet.

“It's not like an apprenticeship where you might start off sweeping the floor,” he said.

“You get thrown in the deep end but there is a lot of support.”

He enjoyed the working environment, which had mentors with lots of industry experience and people his own age.

“It provides a defined end goal and practical element rather than a pure academic structure,” he said.

Mr Eastwell finished his cadetship and headed to work in the Main Roads Warwick office – where he juggles work with study – having completed several courses towards his Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil).

The Road Design Training Centre was established in 2006 to provide an accelerated two-year training program for civil design and surveying cadets. About 50 per cent of people participating in the program were mature-age students and people looking for a change in career have been encouraged to apply.

Applications for the 2012 Cadetship program close Tuesday, August 8. To find out more head to www.thinkdifferent.qld.gov.au



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