OPPORTUNITY: Third-year diesel fitter apprentice Tash Stark and first-year engine reconditioner apprentice Damien Broom at Hastings Deering in Rockhampton. Picture: supplied
OPPORTUNITY: Third-year diesel fitter apprentice Tash Stark and first-year engine reconditioner apprentice Damien Broom at Hastings Deering in Rockhampton. Picture: supplied

Trades on offer in apprenticeship intake

Hastings Deering will open applications for its 2021 apprenticeship intake on Monday, calling on would-be apprentices to “unearth your potential” for 40 new positions at sites that include Rockhampton.

As the world adjusts to the changes brought about by Covid-19, Hastings Deering’s apprentice intake campaign celebrates “hope for the future”, with five trades on offer across nine Hastings Deering workshops in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns, Mt Isa, Darwin and Alice Springs.

The 40 positions on offer at the mining and construction support company are apprenticeships for diesel fitters in all nine locations, boilermakers and mechanical fitters in Mackay, auto electricians in Brisbane, Darwin, Mackay and Rockhampton and engine reconditioners in Rockhampton. Applications can be made online.

Hastings Deering’s general manager-people and external affairs Vincent Cosgrove said the company was keen to increase applications from regional areas with a focus on improving flexibility and inclusion in its workforce.

“Our tagline, ‘Unearth Your Potential’ speaks to our diverse audience of all ages and is a reminder that a career at Hastings Deering is multi-dimensional,” Mr Cosgrove said.

“Of our 2020 intake, 49 per cent were mature age (21 or over), so we want to encourage all applicants that you are never too old to start a new career. It also included 13 per cent female and 7 per cent indigenous apprentices. We are on the hunt to find those people passionate about reaching their potential and driven to be a part of a business with a people focus and diverse opportunities.”

Mr Cosgrove said 2021 intake offered fewer places than in previous years but this was not due to the Covid-19, rather the usual “ebb and flow” of business.

“We are committed to replenishing the talent pipeline and creating a diverse workforce,” he said.

“We do not want applicants to feel under the pump that these positions are coveted, but it is important to put your best into your application right from the start.

“Applicants should be sure to share what life experiences they have and if they are a school leaver include their extra-curricular activities, whether that is sports or helping out a local charity. All of these things talk to us about your skills: holding down a part-time job while at school shows you can multi-task and even being in a charity fun run shows community spirit – attributes all important for future employees.”

Apprenticeships are for four years with the ability to complete earlier. All apprentices receive a nationally recognised qualification.

Applications close at midnight on July 5.



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