QAL apprentices honoured in Apprentice of the Year Awards

QAL apprentices honoured in Apprentice of the Year Awards

Last month, Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) officially welcomed five first-year apprentices into the business and celebrated two outstanding apprentice graduates at the QAL Apprentice of the Year Awards event.

Attended by the Honourable Glenn Butcher, Member for Gladstone, and Councillor Rick Hansen, Gladstone Regional Council, the event formally welcomed our 2020 first-year apprentices by gifting them a new, fully-equipped toolbox and recognised QAL’s top-performing apprentice graduates across its Electrical and Instrumentation (E&I) and Mechanical trade disciplines.

QAL general manager, Pine Pienaar said; “We’re delighted to welcome the next generation of apprentices into our business, at the same time honouring our two top-performing graduating apprentices for the year.

“Our aim is to develop skilled tradespeople whose practical experience and focus on safety sets themselves up for success as future leaders within QAL or beyond.

“I’m therefore extremely proud to acknowledge the winners of our 2020 Apprentice of the Year Awards:

Shianne Sprecher, Electrical and Instrumentation Apprentice; and

Benn Richardson, Mechanical Apprentice.”

Both graduates have been awarded ongoing roles at QAL, as well as receiving an engraved trophy and $1000 to kick-start the next phase of their career.

QAL’s longstanding apprenticeship program is highly regarded and offers hands-on,

on-the-job training, along with formal qualifications from CQUniversity.

QAL’s annual Apprentice of the Year Awards is an important calendar event that celebrates the talent and career potential within the business.

Facts and Figures

  • QAL currently employs 27 apprentices
  • QAL has started the careers of more than 828 apprentices since 1968
  • There are more than 80 employees who started as apprentices who are still with QAL