The new group of 11 recruits from Western Downs region including Chinchilla, Dalby, and Toowoomba have spent the past three months learning the ropes through inductions, safety training and working with their new teams across the business.

QGC Vice President Tony Nunan, officially welcomed the new recruits into the business at an event in Chinchilla today.

Mr Nunan said he was greatly impressed with the quality of the 23 Apprentices and Trainees who have joined this business since the Pathways program was officially launched in 2017.

“Where the national completion rate of apprentices and trainees in trade occupations is 58.8%, the QGC Pathways program is on track in its first year boasting a 96% retention rate.

“It is great to offer local people an opportunity to obtain a nationally recognised qualification as a stepping stone to a career in the natural gas sector – and importantly they can continue to live in the region and be part of the communities where they have grown up.

“We are really proud of what we have achieved through this program and it’s helping us to deliver on our commitment to increase the number of our employees who live in the Western Downs Region,” he said. 

These sentiments are echoed by Mr Craig Westwood, CEO MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees.

“As a national Group Training Organisation, we value working with industry leaders like QGC to identify the best local talent in regional areas and support the training and development of local apprentices and trainees.

“Remaining connected to the local community and their established support networks enhances our ability to see so many apprentices and trainees to completion. The ability of a young person to succeed in their apprenticeship really depends on having the right support behind them.

“At MIGAS we’ve been working with apprentices and employers for more than 30 years. We invest in mentoring young people through each stage of their apprenticeship, from their first experience as a candidate right through to their completion as a qualified tradesperson.”

“The QGC Pathways program provides these apprentices and trainees with more than just their qualification. They’ll have the opportunity to train and gain experience in a world class organisation with first class facilities, they’ll have access to our exclusive MIGAS Scholarship Program to fund further skills they need, they’ll also be provided with individual mentoring and further training to become some of the very best and highly specialised tradespeople in the region,” Mr Westwood said.

The next apprenticeship recruitment drive is set to take place in mid-2019, and candidates should connect with MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees at now to ensure they are ready to apply.

This year’s intake of six women and five men includes three people from indigenous backgrounds.

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