The Courier-Mail

TRADE JOBS HAVE HUGE AP­PEAL

- GLEN NOR­RIS Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Caterpillar · Rockhampton · Australia · Mackay

MA­CHIN­ERY gi­ant Hast­ings Deer­ing has been swamped by a record num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions for its 2021 ap­pren­tice in­take amid signs the coro­n­avirus pan­demic is mak­ing tra­di­tional trades more at­trac­tive.

Bris­bane-based Hast­ings opened ap­pli­ca­tions for 40 po­si­tions in June for four weeks, with more than 1000 ap­pli­ca­tions in the first week alone and 2695 re­ceived in to­tal.

The com­pany, which sells and ser­vices Caterpilla­r trucks, bull­doz­ers and other heavy equip­ment, said ap­pli­ca­tions were up 26 per cent on last year. Hast­ings Deer­ing gen­eral man­ager of peo­ple and ex­ter­nal af­fairs Vin­cent Cos­grove said the ma­jor­ity of ap­pli­ca­tions were for Bris­bane diesel fit­ter roles fol­lowed by auto elec­tri­cian ap­pren­tice­ships in Bris­bane and re­gional ar­eas such as Rock­hamp­ton and Mackay. “The diesel fit­ter ap­pren­tice­ship is clearly the ap­pli­cant’s pre­ferred trade across all our lo­ca­tions,” he said.

“We re­ceived ap­pli­ca­tions from ev­ery sin­gle state and ter­ri­tory in Aus­tralia, prov­ing ap­pli­cants are pre­pared to re­lo­cate.”

 ?? Pic­ture: Mark Cran­itch ?? Brooke Bell is an ap­pren­tice at Hast­ings Deer­ing which sells and ser­vices trucks, bull­doz­ers and other heavy equip­ment.
Pic­ture: Mark Cran­itch Brooke Bell is an ap­pren­tice at Hast­ings Deer­ing which sells and ser­vices trucks, bull­doz­ers and other heavy equip­ment.

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