News

More than 900 to apply for LNG traineeships

HUNDREDS of applications from Gladstone jobseekers, keen to start a career in the liquefied natural gas industry are expected for this year's Process Operator Traineeship program.

The 2017 Process Operator Traineeship program, targeted at Gladstone residents who do not have experience in the sector was launched this week.

But it's a competitive job market, with 900 applications sent in for last year's 18 traineeships in the program.

Program co-ordinator Energy Apprenticeships Group Academy adviser Karen Bellert said she expected to see more applications this year "considering the economic climate".

>>10 jobs in Gladstone only offered to locals

"There's not the same opportunities around now compared to last year," she said.

"It's a specialised field and if you get the chance to get one of these traineeships it's a real career move.

"It's going to be tough for every applicant. However we're really looking for people committed and interested in long-term careers in the LNG industry."

The number of traineeships offered this year will depend on the workforce needs and positions available.

Calliope resident Mick Smith was one of the 900 applicants who scored a lucrative traineeship last year.

At the information session Mr Smith said the role came with 12 to 14-hour shifts and study.

QGC trainee Mick Smith spoke about his experience in the process operator traineeship program at an information session for potential future employees.
QGC trainee Mick Smith spoke about his experience in the process operator traineeship program at an information session for potential future employees. Murray Ware

But he said it was worth it.

"I've been paid to learn a skill set that I'm interested in perfecting," he said.

"I've worked beside a great group of trainees who I've learnt a lot off.

"Our group is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from a school leaver to a vet nurse to a mechanical engineer, so don't let a lack of industrial experience hold you back from applying."

The qualified fitter and turner worked at APLNG as a mechanical fitter when he realised he wanted a change of career to process operating.

"It was during the commissioning when I was working with operators ... and I developed a genuine curiosity for the purpose of each unit, why it's there, how it works and how to make it run better," he said.

The traineeships are for two years and will be based on Conoco Phillips or QGC.

For more informationvisit www.eag.com.au/QLD2017.

Topics:  editors picks, energy apprenticeships group academy, lng, traineeships


Stay Connected

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

McAleese closes Biloela depot, shuttle run

McAleese Biloela manager Mick Watson outside the soon to be closed Biloela depot.

Embattled transport company closes regional offices.

Biloela man pleads guilty after Kariboe St lie-down

The man pleaded guilty to charges of committing a public nuisance and obstructing a police officer.

Man pleads guilty to public nuisance, obstructing a police officer.

$1200 fine for Thangool man caught with marijuana plants

A generic photo of marijuana plants.

A Biloela woman also pleaded guilty to possession of an ice pipe.

Local Partners

Callide Dam gates pass safety test

SunWater says "everything went to plan" and the release was around 30 megalitres as expected.

Aviators ready for Thangool Fly-In

The Thangool Fly-In will feature displays and flights across the long weekend.

Three-day event expected to attract up to 80 planes.

McAleese closes Biloela depot, shuttle run

McAleese Biloela manager Mick Watson outside the soon to be closed Biloela depot.

Embattled transport company closes regional offices.

Biloela man pleads guilty after Kariboe St lie-down

The man pleaded guilty to charges of committing a public nuisance and obstructing a police officer.

Man pleads guilty to public nuisance, obstructing a police officer.

$1200 fine for Thangool man caught with marijuana plants

A generic photo of marijuana plants.

A Biloela woman also pleaded guilty to possession of an ice pipe.

SunWater to test Callide Dam gates

Callide Dam, May 2015 Photo Emma Clarke / Central Telegraph

Callide Dam will release 30 megalitres of water on Wednesday.

Cattle judging draws crowds at Moura Coal & Country Festival

Grand Champion Bull, Kenrol Jesseppi 2736 (left), exhibited by Kenrol Brahman Stud.

Kenrol Brahman Stud won Most Successful Exhibitor.

Magpie swooping season underway

Adam Burling is getting used to being swooped on his morning ride.

September is the breeding birds' peak swooping month.

Classic car auction draws buyers from US, Dubai

"He wants everyone to enjoy the cars, the collection got too big'

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E4: Step In The Arena review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Rob Kardashian admits his first crush was his sister Kim

Rob Kardashian once had a crush on his sister Kim Kardashian West.

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E3: Who's Gonna Take The Weight

Mahershala Ali in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E2: Code of the Streets review

Simone Missick and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Kim Kardashian West 'sick of talking about Taylor Swift'

Kim Kardashian West is sick of talking about Taylor Swift.

Justin Bieber ordered to attend Miami deposition

Justin Bieber has been ordered to travel to Miami for a deposition

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.