ON THE JOB: JM Kelly Group apprentice plumber Tim Zimitat at work on The Empire building on Victoria Parade.
ON THE JOB: JM Kelly Group apprentice plumber Tim Zimitat at work on The Empire building on Victoria Parade. Allan Reinikka Rokaapprent

Rocky teen among 16 new apprentices starting at JM Kelly

STARTING out as a labourer for Queensland Windows, Tim Zimitat knew an apprenticeship could take him anywhere.

In his first year as an apprentice plumber for Central Queensland Plumbing under the JM Kelly Group of Companies, the Rockhampton 18-year-old said getting a spot with the company was a great start to his career.

"JM Kelly offers so many opportunities so you can get somewhere in what you want to do," Tim said.

"I chose plumbing because I had a mate whose dad was a plumber and had his own business and I'd talk to him a lot about the trade and it interested me."

Tim is one of 16 new apprentices with JM Kelly. The group's Dr Simon Watkins said this was one of the biggest apprentice intakes in CQ for a privately-owned company.

"They all started last Monday and they are across nine different trades," Dr Watkins said.

"We like to employ local people, or what we regard as Central Queensland, so we get apprentices who live as far as from Moura.

"Overall we have about 80 apprentices and a workforce of about 400, but we keep our apprentices on after their training. They become our future leaders. Training is something we're very committed to."



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