BSL GEARS UP FOR NEXT GENERATION OF WORLD CLASS APPRENTICES

BSL GEARS UP FOR NEXT GENERATION OF WORLD CLASS APPRENTICES

Boyne Smelters Limited (BSL), operated by Rio Tinto, has welcomed 14 new apprentices to site following an extensive recruitment process which began in June last year.  Joe Rea, BSL General Manager, said he was looking forward to supporting and developing the young recruits into the very best tradespeople they can be. “BSL has a proven track record in supporting apprentices to complete their trade in a diverse and safe industrial environment.” 

The 2019 apprentice intake is made up of 11 school leavers and three adult apprentices who are existing BSL team members taking the opportunity to pursue a trade qualification. This year’s intake includes electrical, mechanical fitter and turning, diesel fitting and air-conditioning and refrigeration apprentices. Apprentice Kayla Austen said, “I was very eager to apply for the 2019 apprentice intake at BSL.  I have always been chasing a trade of aircon/refrigeration and was thrilled to hear I had an offer of employment.  I am excited for the next four years as I know BSL will give me all the opportunities and mentoring I need to be successful in my apprenticeship.” 

The recruits, who had their first day on site in late January, have begun their intensive training program and site orientation with BSL’s skilled trainers. 

Continuing a long tradition of local apprentice recruitment, Mr Rea said BSL was committed to strengthening the manufacturing future of young Australians. “By providing apprenticeships to local young people we are ensuring manufacturing has a future in the Gladstone region,” he said.  

“At a time when manufacturing in Australia is on the decline, these apprentices have a fantastic opportunity to play their part in the future of Australian manufacturing.  Working at BSL gives them an opportunity to add value to our own natural resources.  It is all Australian bauxite, Queensland Alumina and central Queensland coal to generate our power that are the key ingredients to make our world-class aluminium.”