Wilmar Sugar training superintendent Daniel Shipard with fitting and turning apprentice Jayke Hawes.
Wilmar Sugar training superintendent Daniel Shipard with fitting and turning apprentice Jayke Hawes.

’Never a dull moment’: Job offers for 27 tradies

THE search is on for the next generation of tradespeople, as Wilmar Sugar opens up its apprenticeships for 27 young workers.

Herbert fitting and turning apprentice Jayke Hawes said the recruits would be given a comprehensive experience of life in the mills.

"There's never a dull moment at the mills," Mr Hawes said.

"Regardless of whether it's the theory or practical side of your trade, you're always learning something.

"I get to work on multimillion-dollar projects. I am not just stuck working on smaller jobs."

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Wilmar Sugar training superintendent Daniel Shipard with first-year electrical apprentice Shenikah Grabs.
Wilmar Sugar training superintendent Daniel Shipard with first-year electrical apprentice Shenikah Grabs.

First-year electrical apprentice Shenikah Grabs said her time at Burdekin's Kalamia Mill gave her a well-rounded experience.

"With Wilmar you get to do a little bit of everything and learn a really wide range of skills," Ms Grabs said.

Training superintendent Daniel Shipard said positions were available in electrical, fabrication, diesel fitting, and fitting and turning trades.

"Our apprentices get to learn their trade while working alongside some of the best tradespeople in their field," Mr Shipard said.

"The diverse nature of our business means our apprentices get to perform a unique mix of industrial and civil work."

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"We work hard to ensure our apprentices adopt safe work behaviours from day one that will set them up well for their entire careers."

Mr Shipard said Wilmar's apprenticeship program had a completion rate of 95 per cent, more than double the national average.

Apprentices would work across Wilmar's eight sugar mills in early 2021, he said.

New apprentices would be provided uniforms, a professional tool kit and safety equipment, and would have all training fees paid for them.

Applications close on Sunday, August 2.

More information is available on Wilmar Sugar's website.


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