Nathan Findling, mechanical; Chris Hooper, electrical; Jake Riley, electrical; Ryan Keating, electrical; Trent Ibbotson, electrical; Sean Single, mechanical; Nick Heilmann, electrical; Patrick Falls, mechanical (back row). Haydn Thompson, mechanical; Jodie Davison, mechanical; Kaitlin Smith, electrical; Mitch Graham, mechanical; Joss Cute, electrical; Rhys Picking, mechanical; Helsea Smith, electrical (middle row). Elisha Fallon, mechanical; Scott Fehlhaber, mechanical; Nick Drew, mechanical (front row).
Nathan Findling, mechanical; Chris Hooper, electrical; Jake Riley, electrical; Ryan Keating, electrical; Trent Ibbotson, electrical; Sean Single, mechanical; Nick Heilmann, electrical; Patrick Falls, mechanical (back row). Haydn Thompson, mechanical; Jodie Davison, mechanical; Kaitlin Smith, electrical; Mitch Graham, mechanical; Joss Cute, electrical; Rhys Picking, mechanical; Helsea Smith, electrical (middle row). Elisha Fallon, mechanical; Scott Fehlhaber, mechanical; Nick Drew, mechanical (front row). Contributed

Grabbing their preferred job

QUEENSLAND Alumina Limited recently welcomed 18 new apprentices who are ready to "hit the ground running" and ready to learn their chosen trade.

Deciding on a career path and choosing to complete an apprenticeship are hard choices, but for a few of the newcomers the decision was easy.

QAL mechanical apprentice Elisha Fallon knew as soon as she finished her work experience that she wanted to be a boilermaker.

It was just a matter of getting into the right training program.

"I applied for the QAL apprentice program to become a boilermaker because a family member recommended to me that QAL was his employer of choice and that the training I would receive would set me up for a strong career path," Ms Fallon said.

This year the group consists of eight electrical apprentices and 10 mechanical apprentices, including Mitch Graham who will be training as a fitter and turner.

For Mitch, being a fitter and turner runs in the family and once he had completed work experience in the field, he knew this particular career would also be his perfect match.

"From the get-go I knew I wanted to work in industry, and after completing work experience as a fitter and turner I strived to be accepted as an apprentice at QAL," he said.

"Being accepted into QAL's apprenticeship program is probably the best head start I could have gotten straight out of school.

"I'm really looking forward to learning from experienced supervisors and creating a stable career for myself," he said.

The new apprentices will be working at the refinery for the next four years.

However this may be longer. With many of QAL's skilled workforce, they began work as QAL apprentices and are still on site today - some 20 years later.



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