Birdon recently welcomed eleven new apprentices to the team, following a record number of applications.
Late in 2022, Birdon opened applications for its 2023 intake for a range of apprenticeships across Fabrication (welding), Mechanical Fitting, Electrotechnology & Marine Craft Construction (shipwright) trades.
Following the selection process of around 100 applicants, including two rounds of interviews and skills testing, the 2023 intake has already shown great talent and determination to secure one of the heavily sought-after positions.
Senior People and Culture Officer and Coordinator of the Apprentice program Bronte Cahill said the 2023 intake is enthusiastic about kick-starting their career.
“The 2023 apprenticeship cohort is an enthusiastic group of new employees who are all eager to establish their careers as they seek to gain their nationally recognised trade,” said Bronte.
“The apprentices get to work with and learn from some of the best tradespeople and fabricators in Port Macquarie, and some of the Birdon team have worked all around the world.”
Birdon’s Apprenticeship Program is a four-phase structured program that provides apprentices with the required skills, experience, and high-quality training to build successful careers.
During the dedicated induction week in February, the group heard from Owner and Chief Financial Officer Tammy Bugler, Managing Director Terri Benson, and General Manager of Maritime Sarah Yuen on the incredible innovation taking place at Birdon, as well as personal insights Brett (Davo) Davis and Tony Worton who have worked at Birdon for more than a combined 50 Years.
Terri Benson, Managing Director for Birdon, said she is impressed by the diversity within this new apprentice group that includes women and men of varying levels of experience, ranging in age from 16 to 36.
“I am so pleased to welcome our latest group of apprentices, and I’m looking forward to following their journeys and celebrating their achievements throughout their training,” Terri said.
“We also continue the proud tradition of welcoming family members of existing Birdon employees to the Birdon team. Two of this year’s intakes have fathers who have worked for Birdon.
“As a global company, we appreciate that having a diverse workforce introduces a range of different perspectives and unique ideas that deliver value for an organisation – it’s an integral part of ensuring the sustainability of our business.
We are proud to welcome the next generation of passionate and talented employees to the Birdon team and are confident they will help drive the continued success of our Company.”
Congratulations to our eleven new apprentices, and welcome to Birdon!