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New faces grace the gates of RGTCT

Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has welcomed 21 new faces to the family, with the 2020 Apprentice and Trainee intake starting this week.


12 apprentices, four trainees and five work experience students took the first steps into their careers at the Port of Gladstone, after accepting their invitation into the highly sought-after program.


The successful participants will engage in a variety of disciplines such as Electrical, Diesel Fitting, Mechanical and Horticulture.


GPC Acting CEO Craig Walker officially welcomed the new starters on Wednesday, asking them to stay safe, take every opportunity and most importantly to enjoy their time as part of the GPC family.


“We saw more than 700 applications for the program this year, which reflects a continued strong interest in trades training here at GPC,” Mr Walker said.


“The apprentices and trainees have been given an invaluable opportunity to learn their chosen trade under the guidance of our skilled supervisors and mentors.


“We are all keen to see them succeed in their chosen trade and it has been fantastic to hear that some are already planning their next level of study, looking to branch out into university or other tertiary studies.


“At GPC we aim to support them to develop world-class skills and expand their horizons, both with us and within the Gladstone community.”


The new starters have hit the ground running, with an intensive program that includes exposure to scheduled port area rotations, performance setting and appraisals, and a priority focus on safety in the workplace.


Electrical Apprentice Cheyenne Carr is keen to get straight into her trade, taking her apprenticeship as a stepping stone to further career pathways.


“I’m looking forward to the future opportunities that my apprenticeship will open up for my career long-term,” Ms Carr said.


“There are so many pathways that open up once you gain an apprenticeship. Personally I am interested in pursuing electrical engineering as part of my time with GPC.”


Fellow Diesel Fitting Apprentice Dirk Holmes said GPC’s reputation in the community was a key factor in applying for the program after hearing nothing but good things about being part of the GPC family.


“I have been presented with such a great opportunity to work with dedicated and skilled mentors over the next four years,” Mr Holmes said.


“I’d heard nothing but good things in the community about working here and I am just so excited to learn new skills and get exposure to the industry.”


The apprentices and trainees will spend up to four years at GPC, learning their chosen trade.


Visit the Apprentice and Trainee webpage for more information about the program.