JMK apprentice Joel Rewald with fellow JMK apprentices. Photo Madeline McDonald / Morning Bulletin
JMK apprentice Joel Rewald with fellow JMK apprentices. Photo Madeline McDonald / Morning Bulletin Madeline McDonald

JM Kelly Builders calls for only 12 new apprentices

JM Kelly Builders are searching for apprentices in the Rockhampton region, but only a lucky few will get them.

The company has 80 apprentices on the books and receives hundreds of applications each year.

Usually 30 sought-after positions are offered but this year only 12 apprenticeships are up for grabs.

Senior Manager of Business Units, HR and Training, Simon Watkins said the amount of positions available depended on a number of factors.

"There has been a downturn in the construction industry, the amount of positions on offer are the lowest we've had in years," he said.

"We still intake annually because we believe we have a duty to train tradesmen for the future."

He said the company targets school leavers as they are ideal candidates for apprenticeships.

"We tend to advertise this time of the year because it brings in the school leavers," he said.

Simon said JMK had trained more tradesmen than any other company in the Rockhampton region over 54 years. and had successfully employed locals.

"We called for apprentices because we want people from our local region," he said.

Joel Rewald who is in his second year carpentry apprenticeship said he encouraged others to submit an application.

"It's a really good opportunity," he said.

"You get to work on different jobs and work sites."



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