Menu
News

Custom position a dream win for starter

WIN WIN: Gladstone Area Group Apprentices CEO Leigh Zimmerlie welcomes Custom Fluid Power branch manager Grant Aitken and new apprentice Gerrard Bannan.
WIN WIN: Gladstone Area Group Apprentices CEO Leigh Zimmerlie welcomes Custom Fluid Power branch manager Grant Aitken and new apprentice Gerrard Bannan. MIKE RICHARDS

TEEN Gerrard Bannan says his new four-year apprenticeship has been a long-time coming.

Gerrard, 19, has recently started at Custom Fluid Power in Gladstone as a fitter and turner. 

"Straight up, (the apprenticeship) was everything that I hoped for," he said.

"It's a long road ahead."

Gerrard will learn skills on the job and shadow tradesmen but he said in the future, he would also like to continue his training at CQUniversity.

Custom's branch manager Grant Aitken said Gerrard had made a great start.

"Gerrard has shown a lot of initiative," he said.

"Custom is very keen on enhancing the skill level in the town and is passionate about supporting local businesses."

Mr Aitken said Gladstone Area Group Apprentices Ltd was instrumental in securing the apprenticeship.

He said it was the first time the business had sought GAGAL's help to employ new staff.

"From the very first contact they've been proactive about helping us get it over the line," Mr Aitken said.

"Since we've put Gerrard on, the help we've received has been second to none."

GAGAL's CEO Leigh Zimmerlie praised Custom for taking the "huge step" to employ an apprentice.

"We're very, very happy with Custom and more than grateful that they've chosen to come through GAGAL," she said.

"We have had 34 years in the business to date and it's very exciting for us to welcome another apprentice onto our books.

"At the moment, (Australia is) going through a huge skills shortage and it's only going to get worse.

"So without companies such as Custom, who have the foresight to put an apprentice on who'll take four years to train, we will get that skills shortage.

"For GAGAL, it's really exciting. Every apprentice we put on, we feel that it's one step forward for Gladstone in the future."

Topics:  apprentice gagal gladstone skills shortage


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Baby born 10 weeks premature on cruise ship

P&O Cruises' New-look Pacific Dawn Sails into Brisbane (port side).

Extra passenger arrives on a cruise ship docked in Abel Point

Clippers lock in music talents

DYNAMIC DUO: Busby Mar ou will perform at the Clipper Race Carnival.

Clipper race locks in music legends.

Cut Snake check into Airlie

THE BOYS: Cut Snake on tour will play at Magnums Hotel Tonight.

Dance music duo Cut Snake will bring the party to Magnums Hotel

Local Partners