EXCLUSIVE: Boom brings 70 Hastings Deering jobs
SEVENTY Central Queensland apprentices have received an early Christmast present - stable, secure employment.
The Morning Bulletin can exclusively reveal mining support company Hastings Deering have turned a corner after a string of role reductions in recent years and today announced 70 fourth year apprentices across the Rockhampton, Mackay and Emerald region have secured continued roles with the company.
It is a huge turnaround from the same time last year when 100 Hastings Deering roles were lost across the region.
Hastings Deering Managing Director Dean Mehmet said while the resources sector had improved on the back of strong coal commodity prices and the Adani Carmichael Mine announcement had people talking jobs, the company needed staff to respond to an increasing demand for work.
"It's pleasing to see that our decision to recruit a large number of apprentices in 2012 has now paid dividends with us being able to provide continued employment to 47 people in Mackay, 21 in Rockhampton and two employees in Emerald to meet the increased demand," Mr Mehmet said.
"This is about taking a long term view and is a great outcome for these apprentices as their four hard years of work has paid off with an on-going role and the company further develops our people.
"We are and have always been committed to playing our part to keep feeding our talent pipeline critical to supporting the mining and construction industries."
But the good news doesn't stop there.
Mr Mehmet said after recruiting 22 new apprencices across their operations in July this year, Hastings Deering would put on another 21 in February 2017.
"We remain one of the largest trainers of apprentice diesel fitters in Australia," he said.
"Since 1989, we have trained more than 1500 apprentices and are thrilled to be in a position to give the majority of this year's completing apprentices a job.
"While we react and move with the resources sector, we are committed to offering career pathways for both young people and mature job seekers."
For career opportunities with Hastings Deering please visit our careers section on our website hastingsdeering.com.au.