Record Apprenticeship numbers in 2018 Intake

22 January 2018

A record 48 new apprentices rolled up their sleeves for work today as mining and construction support company Hastings Deering welcomed its largest apprentice intake in four years.

The major employer, and apprenticeship trainer, was astounded when with 24 hours of opening 2018 on-line applications, more than 1000 people had applied:  with Hastings Deering receiving 1800 by the time submissions closed.

Evidence that gender diversification has indeed made inroads to the industry, more than 200 females applied for apprenticeships for Auto Electricians, Boilermakers, Diesel Fitters, Fitter Machinists (AustChrome), Mechanical Fitters and Electrical Fitters.

The February intake of apprentices come from Queensland (Brisbane, Toowoomba, Mt Isa, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns) and from the NT: including 30 apprentices from Mackay and Rockhampton, five females, five indigenous with an even skew of both young and mature age applicants. 

Hastings Deering Managing Director Dean Mehmet said the almost doubling of last year’s recruit numbers reaffirmed the company’s commitment to equal opportunities, training and the need to continually replenish its talent pipeline. 

“Even though the resource sector is cyclical: continuing with apprenticeships is critical to avoid a skills shortage in the future,” he said. “As a country, Australia needs to remain agile and on the front foot for when the resources and construction sectors pick up. While many companies are running leaner operations than ever before we need to continue to offer both our young people and mature age workers career pathways.

“This is a very exciting time to be an apprentice with Hastings Deering, in 2016 we offered 84 fourth-year apprentices on-going roles, their four years of hard work paying off with continued employment. In 2017 that figure was 56.

“We are an equal opportunity employer who actively looks to recruit across the broad community spectrum including female and indigenous apprentices. And of course, we welcome mature age candidates applying for apprentice positions because they bring with them a wealth of experience.” 

Hastings Deering is a registered training organisation with ‘state of the art’ learning centres in Brisbane and PNG. The company is Queensland’s third largest trainer of apprentices outside two Government organisations. 

Apprenticeships are for four years with the ability to complete earlier: all apprentices receive a nationally recognised qualification. The next intake will be in 2019 but Hastings Deering is now reviewing a second intake in 2018. 

Hastings Deering employs around 3000 people with more than 5% of the workforce is made up of apprentices: employed in diesel fitting, auto electrical and fabrication roles. Since 1989 Hastings Deering has trained almost 1600 apprentices and in 2018 remains one of the largest trainers of apprentice diesel fitters in Australia.

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