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