16 New careers commence at GPC

February 3, 2023

Much like the first day of school, there were a few nerves but plenty of excitement and eagerness to learn as Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) welcomed their 2023 Apprentice and Trainee, and Resource and Infrastructure Trainee recruits to the workforce this week.

11 apprentices and five Resource and Infrastructure Trainees have tackled their first week on the job at the Port of Gladstone, after accepting their invitations into the highly sought-after programs.

GPC CEO Craig Haymes welcomed the new starters on Tuesday, asking them to stay safe, take every opportunity presented to them and to enjoy their training.

“This is such an exciting and important time for our new recruits, and all of us at GPC are looking forward to being part of their industry journeys,” Mr Haymes said.

“We saw more than 522 applications over the two programs this year, which reflects a continued strong interest in training here at GPC.

“The new apprentices and trainees join our current cohort of over 42, and have been given an invaluable opportunity to learn their chosen trade under the guidance of our skilled supervisors and mentors,” Mr Haymes said.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the new recruits were receiving an excellent opportunity to gain skills in a number of fields.

“There’s a lot of work happening at Gladstone Ports at the moment – including getting hydrogen ready – so it’s exciting to see the next generation of workers starting their journeys at one of Queensland’s most important ports.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is connecting people all over the state to good, secure jobs, helping Queenslanders move their careers forwards.

“Good luck to the 16 new starters – I’m looking forward to seeing what you all achieve.”

GPC Executive General Manager People Jane Blackbourn said GPC support their apprentices and trainees to develop world-class skills and expand their horizons, both with GPC and within the local community.

“The new starters will hit the ground running, with an intensive program that includes exposure to a variety of port area rotations, equipment and a priority focus on safety in the workplace,” Ms Blackbourn said.

“The Resource and Infrastructure Traineeship program is designed to support the region’s future Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander leaders in their journey from education and training to employment.

“We are so proud to provide these programs for our communities and look forward to our apprentice and trainees integrating and becoming not only part of our workforce but integral members of our community and advocates for trade training and careers in local industry.”

The apprentices and trainees will spend up to four years at GPC, learning their chosen trade. Visit the Apprentice and Trainee webpage for more information about the program.