Seven locals have embarked on a new career journey in 2019 as they began traineeships at Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) recently.

QAL facilitates a two-year onsite program providing trainees with a Certificate III in Process Plant Operations. The two-year traineeship allows people without prior industry experience to gain a formal qualification while being mentored in the business.

Shelia Daly is one of the recent trainees who joined the QAL team. Before taking the position at QAL Shelia was a personal trainer. “It is great to have the opportunity to try something new and find a role that suits my lifestyle. The first time onsite was very overwhelming, but I am looking forward to meeting and working with the team,” Sheila said.

Luke Einam is also one of the new trainees Luke age 17 told Gladstone News he was very surprised about the size of the plant. “I have always wanted to work in industry, so I am very excited! Before the traineeship I was at school and working part-time,” he continued.

QAL General Manager Mike Dunstan said the alumina producer traineeship program is key to supporting QAL’s future workforce pipeline. “The program allows us to train local people to become the next team of qualified process operators,” he said. “One of our greatest strengths is the talent, skills and diversity of our people. This latest intake of trainees helps us to build our business for the future and support people to achieve their career goals. I’m pleased to welcome Shelia, Luke, Tegan, John, Cooper, Mitch and Tamara to the QAL team”.