Wednesday 28th February 2018
GFG Alliance is continuing the long‐standing tradition of employing local youth at its Whyalla operations, recently recruiting 12 new apprentices.
According to Executive General Manager Whyalla Steelworks, Theuns Victor, the apprentices have been recruited from Whyalla and surrounding areas across both the Mining and Whyalla Steelworks businesses, incorporating fitters and electricians.
“We’re now part of the Gupta Family Group (GFG) Alliance, and our new ownership continues to recognise the importance of not only maintaining our required skill levels, but also growing this skill level, as well as underpinning our support of the community,” Mr Victor said.
“The apprenticeship program assists in all of these facets, so it’s great to be able to continue a tradition which has employed thousands of Whyalla youth over the years.”
Mr Victor said around 90% of apprentices secure permanent trade positions in the organisation at the end of their apprenticeships, so it represented a genuine opportunity to forge a career in the industry.
“We believe it’s vital for the ongoing success of the business to maintain and develop a talent pipeline for tradespeople, which is why we continued taking on apprentices even while in administration,” he said.
“As well as benefitting our operations and local job seekers, it also enables the local TAFE and UniSA campuses to continue to offer their industry‐based training and education programs, which is another positive for the community.
“I welcome all of our new apprentices to our team and trust they will have long and productive careers within our business.”
Image caption: GFG Alliance would like to welcome its new fitting and electrical apprentices to its Whyalla operations – we wish them long and productive careers with our business. Photo courtesy Whyalla News.