This will sound like a dream come true for many adults.† Bechtel, one of the the world`s premier engineering, construction, and project management companies, recently announced it will hire 400 adult apprentices in preparation for three LNG plant construction projects around the country.
There are currently 3 LNG plants being built on Curtis Island off Gladstone, which has created 1000’s of jobs in Queensland.
In what`s being called the largest single intake of adult apprentices in Australia’s history, Bechtel says it will work closely with the Federal Government`s National Apprenticeships Program. (NAP)
The announcement is good news for those who have only partly completed an apprenticeship program or trades assistants from construction and engineering backgrounds.
Others who are considering a job in the mining and resource sectors can get in on the action too; Australian residents, with qualifications not yet recognised in Australia will also benefit.
Andy Greig, Bechtel’s managing director in Australia, says the program is win-win and his company is pleased to be part of the opportunity. He added, “It will help meet the demand for skilled labour in the mining and redource sector and give adult workers with uncompleted apprenticeships, or those working in allied industries without a trade qualification, the chance to complete an apprenticeship in a reduced amount of time.”Ě
Adult apprenticeships for mining
NAP Program Director Alan Sparks said recruitment of the adult apprentices for Bechtel would begin immediately through a series of advertisements focusing on seven trades: Electrical Fitter Mechanics, Dual Trade Electrical instrumentation, Metal Fabrication Boilermakers, Welders, Metal Fabrication Pipe Fitters, Mechanical Fitters and Carpentry Form workers
Mining contractor McMahon is also running a program, with NAP, for Diesel Fitter apprentices for Perth residents .
More information can be found on the National Apprenticeship Program website