Apprentices needed for Queensland LNG construction projects

TWO hundred adult apprentices are needed for construction giant Bechtel Australia’s Curtis Island LNG project, with the first intake to start in June.
Open to Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast residents, the apprenticeships would be managed through the National Apprenticeships Program (NAP) and experienced workers would have existing skills recognised as part of the program, allowing them to qualify in less than two years instead of the traditional four.
The recruitment is part of a larger intake by Bechtel, which plans to employ 400 adult apprentices for construction work on the three LNG plants in Gladstone – Queensland Curtis LNG, GLNG and Australia Pacific LNG.
Bechtel Australia managing director Andy Greig said the innovative program was a “win-win” for the industry.
“It will help meet the demand for skilled labour 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,” he said.
“There are certainly skill shortages in the construction industry and we continue to look at every possible way to fill the gaps.”
Successful applicants would be trained as electrical fitter mechanics, dual-trade electrical instrumentation, metal fabrication boilermakers, welders, metal fabrication pipe fitters, mechanical fitters and carpentry formworkers.
The work schedule would include 58 hours per week and be on a four week on and one week off fly in, fly out roster.
NAP program director Alan Sparks said the employment drive was the single largest intake of adult apprentices in Australia’s history.
“The Bechtel intake confirms that the resources sector and industry at large can successfully tap into additional and alternative apprenticeship programs to contribute to their shortfalls by up-skilling Australians,” he said.
“Many applicants have already been working in industry, in management roles in many cases, and certainly cover a wide and diverse range of skills.”
The NAP was launched in 2011 to combat the skills shortage at Queensland and WA resource projects.

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