ENTERING their graduation ceremony, seven Gladstone teenagers and their families were filled with pride on reaching the end of an 11-month journey.
Supported by Santos GLNG, the students aged from 16 to 18 had worked hard to get qualifications under their belts before leaving high school.
William Docherty, 16, trained in indigenous primary care and said many challenges had presented themselves in the course of the year, making the reward of graduating all the sweeter.
"There's been both fun times and challenging times," he said.
"I chose my course because I enjoy being outdoors and learning about approaching different communities."
Armed with an array of skills, apprentice boiler-maker Tyarn Eggmolesse said the traineeship had given him valuable insight into life as a working adult.
"I've learnt a lot of skills. It's been a great experience," he said.
"One of the biggest things I've learnt is how hard real life is. I guess it's a part of growing up."
Garry Scanlon, Gladstone regional manager of Santos GLNG, said it was important for the gas company to continue investing in the future of Gladstone so it would leave a lasting legacy well beyond the 40-year life of the project.
"These guys have gone the distance and they deserve a pat on the back," he said.
- William Docherty: Certificate III Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Primary Care
- Georgia McManus: Certificate III Business
- Taleah Cleland: Cerificate III Aged Care
- Bonnie-Jean Murradd: Certificate III Tourism
- Billie Hamilton: Certificate II Retail
- Tyarn Eggmolesse: Apprentice boilermaker
- Noah Johnson: Apprentice boilermaker