MACKAY'S trade skilled and talented adults could be eligible for the 500 apprenticeships available in the Central Queensland region in the next 18 months.
National Apprenticeships program director Alan Sparks said 1000 job opportunities were on offer across Australia.
"We're trying to provide 500 of those in Central Queensland, which is mining industry driven," Mr Sparks said.
The program targets adults with significant trade skills, with no formal qualifications to complete trade training in 18 months.
Candidates must have 40% of trade qualification, which is equivalent to a second year apprentice.
"The primary target market was people who had partly completed an apprenticeship, permanent Australian residents with overseas qualifications not yet recognised in Australia, ex-members of the defence forces with aligned qualifications, people with other related trade qualifications and trades assistants from the construction and engineering trades," Mr Sparks said.
The program offers apprenticeships in the areas of electrical fitter mechanics, dual trade electrical/instrumentation, metal fabrication boilermaker welders, metal fabrication pipe fitter, engineering diesel fitters and carpentry formworkers, he said.
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