Project management firm Bechtel has announced plans to hire 400 adult apprentices to work on three liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants in Queensland, Australia.
Bechtel said this would be one of the largest single intakes of adult apprentices ever in Australia and said it was working closely with the federal government to deliver the apprenticeships.
Experienced workers applying for the apprenticeships could use the placement to get a full trade qualification in 18 months instead of the traditional four years, Bechtel said. The apprentices will work on the Queensland Curtis LNG, Gladstone LNG, and Australia Pacific LNG projects.
“This innovative program … will help meet the demand for skilled labor and give adult workers with uncompleted apprenticeships, or those working in allied industries without a trade qualification, the chance to complete an apprenticeship in a reduced amount of time,” said Bechtel managing director in Australia Andy Greig.