Nearly 50 new apprentices have started their training at mining and construction equipment company Hastings Deering, making it the firm’s largest intake in four years.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Hastings Deering had long been a great example of the importance of apprenticeship and training.
“When Hastings Deering opened its 2018 online intake it received more than 1,000 applications in the first 24 hours, and more than 1,800 by the time applications closed,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“The men and women here today come from Cairns, Mount Isa, Townsville, Mackay, Toowoomba and Brisbane, as well as the Northern Territory and PNG.
The group includes indigenous trainees, and applicants from a range of age groups, who will be employed as fitters, electricians, boilermakers and fabricators,” said Ms Palaszczuk.
“At this time of year, tens of young Queenslanders who’ve just left school are embarking on the training and education that will set them up for lifelong careers,” she said.
Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the quality and volume of applicants was testament to the growing strength of the Queensland economy.
“Queensland has been the employment powerhouse of the Australian economy over the past year, with 1 in 4 jobs nationwide being created in our state,” Ms Trad said.
“Our economic plan is working to get people into apprenticeship and into work by creating confidence in the private sector to take on new people.”