GFG Alliance is continuing the long‐standing tradition of employing locals at its Whyalla operations, recently recruiting 10 new apprentices to be part of the operations’ exciting future.
According to Chief Operating Officer Liberty Primary Steel, Theuns Victor, the apprentices have been recruited from Whyalla and surrounding areas across both the Mining and Whyalla Primary Steel businesses, incorporating fitters and electricians.
“Our business is entering an unprecedented period of growth courtesy of the Whyalla Transformation Program, so it’s vital that we have the necessary skills in our workforce to support this game‐changing project,” Mr Victor said.
“The apprenticeship program provides the perfect pipeline for this need – as well as underpinning our support of the community – so it’s great to be able to continue a tradition which has employed thousands of Whyalla locals over the years.”
Mr Victor said around 90% of apprentices had secured permanent trade positions in the organisation at the completion of their apprenticeships, so it represented an ideal 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,” he said.
“As well as benefitting our operations and local job seekers, it enables Whyalla’s TAFE and UniSA campuses to continue to offer their industry‐based training and education programs, which also benefits other local businesses.
“I welcome all of our new apprentices to our team and trust they will have long and productive careers within our business.”