Shell QGC’s Vice-President Tony Nunan launched the “Pathways” program with the Mayor of Western Downs Regional Council, Cr Paul McVeigh in Chinchilla.
Mr Nunan said “Pathways” will provide school leavers or mature aged people seeking a career change with an opportunity to train in Shell QGC’s natural gas business and receive a nationally recognised trade or vocational qualification.
“This program will help trainees prepare for a career in natural gas- one of the world’s most innovative industries and importantly they don’t have to leave the local region to do it,” Mr Nunan said.
“It’s further proof Shell QGC is investing back into the regions where we operate, ensuring we have a pipeline of skilled trainees who can live and work in the communities they grew up in and where they may want to raise their own families.
“Over the next couple of months, we will visit local schools to talk about the program and then call for applications throughout the community. We will be keen to see women and indigenous applicants among the group,” he added.
Applications will be sought later this year and the inaugural intake of thirteen candidates will kick start their new career training in January 2018.
The program, builds on the success of Shell’s training pathway programs for LNG process operators in Gladstone and in Darwin.
Mr Nunan said QGC’s Gladstone LNG trainees come from a variety of backgrounds including a former policeman, travel industry rep, a stay-at-home mum and a FIFO electrician.
MIGAS, which has 30 years’ experience in skilled trade apprenticeships and traineeships will be managing the recruitment and training on behalf of Shell QGC.