Second year apprentices Glen Nerboni and Glenn Baldwin with apprentice trainer Brad Richardson, right.
Second year apprentices Glen Nerboni and Glenn Baldwin with apprentice trainer Brad Richardson, right. Submitted

Key to generate more positions

AS the Gladstone region and local industry grows, the need for skilled labour has become a priority.

One of the main priorities for local industry is to train the next generation into apprenticeships so the workforce remains strong.

This Saturday, The Observer is publishing a guide to apprenticeships in Gladstone now and into the future.

If your business needs an apprentice or is thinking of employing one, then this feature is for you.

QAL managing director Phil Campbell said employing apprentices was of long-term benefit for both QAL and the Gladstone community.

“As one of the state’s largest apprentice employers, QAL is committed to providing youth in the region with viable employment opportunities through the apprenticeship program,” Mr Campbell said.

An apprenticeship or traineeship is a training contract between an employer and an employee in which the apprentice or trainee learns the skills needed for a particular occupation or trade.

“Apprenticeships at QAL provide our people with not just skills and a trade, it also provides an environment in which to grow and develop both personally and professionally,” QAL apprentice training supervisor Brad Richardson said.

“To be an apprentice is to be mentored, to learn over time through real life experience and to build relationships with those who have passed on their skills.”

“QAL is proud of our tradition of providing apprenticeships,” he said.



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