Bernard Fitzsimmons thought his dream to become a qualified Engineer might never come true, until he was given the opportunity to join Western Down Regional Council‘s cadetship program.

The program offers university students studying technical professions such as engineering an opportunity to work in a full-time environment while completing part-time university to gain valuable real-life work experience. Bernard started his cadetship with Council in 2017 and is now over halfway through his University degree. “I started studying a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) a few years ago but had put my studies on-hold,” he said, “Then I saw the cadetship application advertised and realised it was a great opportunity to continue studying my degree while gaining workplace experience at the same time.”

As cadets complete each university unit part-time they become eligible to have their class fees reimbursed by the council allowing for a worry-free transition into full time work. Council’s Spokesperson for Finance and Corporate Services, Ian Rasmussen, believes that a Cadetship with Council is the perfect way to earn while you learn. “Our cadets gain valuable industry experience which really helps reinforce what they are learning at University and once they have finished their degree, there are opportunities to continue as a permanent staff member at Council,” Mr. Rasmussen said.

Cadetship applications are now open for three positions to commence in 2020. This year the opportunity is open for one civil design based position and for two technical officers. Anyone who is considering commencing their studies next year or is currently studying a related degree can apply, with applications closing on 24 October.

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