Testimonials from employers
Hutchinson Builders is Queensland's largest privately owned construction company, with apprentices making up over 10% of their workforce. Hutchinson has a comprehensive and committed approach to their workforce, ensuring the implementation of professional and personal development programs within the company. To find out more about Hutchinson Builders' experiences as an employer of apprentices, visit the Australian Training Awards' YouTube channel - The Builders: The Hutchinson Builders story.
As an employer of 8000 Australians, Bechtel's focus is on people, performance and customers.
The focus is evident through Bechtel's partnership with the National Apprenticeship Program (supported by the Australian Government), in which Bechtel has committed to employing 400 adult apprentices during the construction phase of the Curtis Island Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Projects, the largest intake of apprentices in Australian history.
The employment of apprentices within the company 'not only provides a skilled workforce to Bechtel and Queensland, but also offers a unique way for adults with significant skills and experiences to gain their formally qualifications.'
Bechtel's approach to training, ethics and safety is delivering a skilled workforce for the company and the Gladstone community.
Stuart Bywater Design
Stuart and Daniele Bywater have been operating their furniture making business for 18 years during which time they have trained a number of apprentices in their industry.
Daniele says she feels a great sense of accomplishment being able to put something back into the industry by employing apprentices, and training them in the traditional skills of their craft.
They are particularly proud of the achievement of one of their apprentices who competed in the WorldSkills national finals for cabinetmaking in 2012.
Daniele and Stuart say that it is very satisfying to have the opportunity to employ apprentices and see them grow and expand their knowledge and skills.
Dolci Sapori, an Italian desserts and pastries boutique based in Brisbane, continue to employ and provide training to apprentices and trainees in areas such as pastry cooking and hospitality operations.
Why do they continue to employ apprentices? 'It's good to be able to pass on valuable information and training'.
Aladino Pozzebon, the owner of Dolci Sapori and their Pastry Chef, Elizabeth Day agree that seeing their apprentices' progress from requiring full supervision to working autonomously is a worthwhile experience. 'It's good to have the apprentice willing to learn and also willing to do'.
As one of the largest waste management firms in the country, J.J. Richards says that taking on school-based apprentices and trainees is 'one way to counter the lack of skilled tradespeople in the transport and logistics industry'. Read about how J.J. Richards is setting up the future by training today (PDF, 51KB).