Trainee glad to be in the big smoke to build LNG career
AFTER moving from a small town in the Northern Territory, Michael English considers Gladstone "the big smoke".
He said it was a big decision to bring his young family here, but in his words Gladstone "has a lot to offer", including the chance for him to start a new career.
Michael is one of the first 20 operations technicians for the Australia Pacific LNG facility to begin a new training program at the Central Queensland Institute of TAFE.
"The training was one of the main drivers to get into a new growth area," he said.
"The level of training I'm getting is unbelievable."
He said the course included a mix of online modules, as well as workshops and practice on small-scale versions of the systems on Curtis Island.
"Having an industry background in operations, I'm familiar, but having this LNG-specific training is the icing on the cake," he said.
"We just bought a house... I definitely want to be here for the whole journey."
As a local Gladstonian, fellow trainee James Masters also has a young family and said it was great to be able to skill-up at home.
"I'm happy that local people have the opportunity to train here and get their experience here," he said.
"It's something different that's come to our town that's great to get involved in, and I don't have to leave to learn."