Video: Bechtel celebrates hiring of 401st apprentice
BECHTEL has met its commitment to hire and train 400 apprentices for the Curtis Island LNG projects, with the 401st apprentice joining the crew.
The apprenctices have been hired to work on the APLNG, GLNG and QCLNG plants.
Apprentice John van Nimwegan said the work on Curtis Island had been a whole new start for him.
"It's given me new skills. It's going to make me more employable in the future once this project is finished.
"I've always wanted to be a boiler maker, and I got a call up."
Bechtel LNG general manager Alasdair Cathcart said the apprenticeship program in Gladstone had helped the company meet the high demand for skilled labour on the three Curtis Island projects.
"It has also given many adult workers the chance to gain a trade qualification that they thought had passed them by," he said.
Bechtel worked with the Federal Government's National Apprenticeships Program, as well as number of local and regional training organisations to deliver on the company's commitment.