Applications for the second intake in the QGC Pathways Apprenticeship and Traineeship Program opens today (13 August). A total of 12 positions are available across electrical and instrumentation, mechanical, process plant and wellsite operations and warehousing trades.
Through the Pathways program, QGC and MIGAS are offering local Western Downs job seekers the opportunity to continue to live and train locally to develop a career in the natural gas industry.
QGC first introduced the program in 2017 and in January this year, welcomed 13 new apprentices and trainees to the upstream business, where they receive on-the-job coaching, mentoring and training to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.
Tony Nunan, Vice President Shell QGC, said the first intake attracted a high-quality field of candidates with a good cross section of males and females and people from Traditional Owner groups.
“One of the most important considerations for us in recruitment is to ensure that we attract people from the local region who will be able to build their career with us or in the industry more generally.
“I am confident that we will attract high-quality applicants from school leavers to mature aged people looking for the opportunity to kick start a career in natural gas – one of the most innovative industries.
“We want our local workforce to reflect the local communities we work in. We’re particularly interested in attracting as many female and Indigenous Australian candidates as we can.
“It is important for our business to have a pipeline of qualified locals who live and work in the communities they grew up and where they may want to continue to be part of the community and raise their families,” he said.
Over the next few weeks QGC will be working with apprentice specialists MIGAS to provide further detailed information on the recruitment process through community information sessions in Tara, Miles, Dalby and Chinchilla.
MIGAS, which has 30 years’ experience in skilled trade apprenticeships and traineeships will be managing the recruitment, mentoring and training on behalf of QGC.
CEO of MIGAS Craig Westwood said, this hallmark apprenticeship program is about local jobs for local people and we can’t be more excited for the Western Downs region.
“We’re looking for people from all walks of life that are genuinely interested in the trade. The recruitment process is highly competitive, and we encourage those interested to attend their local information session to see how they can stand out from the pack.
“At MIGAS we know that no apprentice journey is easy, these roles will be challenging and far from routine, but they will also be very rewarding. Together with QGC we aim to support and mentor the successful candidates over the course of their training to develop the very best tradespeople for the region," said Mr Westwood.
Successful applicants will begin their apprenticeships and traineeships in January 2019. For more information: migas.com.au/qgcpathways