Birdon welcomes new apprentices

Birdon’s newest apprentices have been signed on by Verto – Apprenticeship Training Provider.

Jack Paulson and Jacob Worton have started their fabrication apprenticeships through John Henry Institute (JHI) in Port Macquarie. The apprenticeship program will see them work 4 days per week at Birdon with 1 day each week at JHI.

Jacob with his Mum and Dad, Dannielle and Tony

Jacob is well-known to many at Birdon as his dad, Tony Worton, has been a part of the Birdon team for 25 years. We are a family-owned business and our people and their families, like Tony and Dannielle, are at the forefront of our values and our growth.

We are very proud of our workplace. Having team members encourage the next generation to work at Birdon is testament  to their faith in our people, our culture and the future prospects of the business. As we see it, parents don’t encourage their children to work somewhere they don’t enjoy working themselves.

Tony and Jacob are now the fourth father and son duo working at Birdon.

Jack has been working at Birdon as a labourer since August 2019. After assisting on a variety of fabrication projects, Jack was recognised as a valued member of the team. We happily accepted when he approached with an interest in becoming an engineering fabrication apprentice.

Birdon CEO, Jamie Bruce and General Manager, Peter Besseling were there to congratulate our newest apprentices. Jacob and Jack have joined a team of over 60 trade-qualified personnel at our Port Macquarie shipyard.

Left to right: Dannielle Worton, Jamie Bruce, Jacob Worton, Tony Worton, Jack Paulson and Peter Besseling