GLADSTONE Ports Corporation recently welcomed 14 new apprentices and trainees, as well as three work experience students.

The 17 new starters were chosen out of 700 applicants for GPC’s apprentice and trainee program.

Participants are to engage in a variety of disciplines sucn as electrical, diesel fitting, mechanical and horticulture.

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GPC acting CEO Craig Walker said the new starters had been given an invaluable opportunity to learn their chosen trade under the guidance of skilled supervisors and mentors, each keen to se them succeed.

“We are absolutely committed to providing strong employment outcomes for our apprentices and trainees and look forward to helping and guiding them to create long-term career pathways in their chosen trades,” he said.

“We aim to support them to develop world-class skills and expand their horizons, both at GPC and within the Gladstone community.”

The new starters have hit the ground running with an intensive program that includes exposure to scheduled port area rotations, performance setting and appraisals, and a priority focus on safety in the workplace.

17-year-old Benton Philips said he is keen to get straight into his electrical trade and is looking forward to learning skills that will set him up for his future.

“I’m excited to learn first-hand about my chosen trade, this opportunity will set me up for my future and I’m looking forward to building relationships with my new team mates and the wider port family,” he said.

Fellow apprentice Jacqueline Perryer was keen to apply for the program after hearing about the camaraderie that came with working at GPC.

“I heard about the great team environment that was fostered at GPC and really wanted to be a part of it,” she said.

“GPC has a great reputation in the community for its caring workforce which is really important to me, I’m so looking forward to starting my journey with the parks and gardens team.”

The apprentices and trainees will spend up to four years at GPC, learning their chosen trade.

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