AKD offers 29 new apprenticeships nationally

by | Oct 25, 2023

This year AKD has 29 new apprenticeship positions being offered nationally, covering fitters and turners, fabricators, electricians, saw technicians and wood machinists. The positions are split across their sites, Caboolture (Queensland), Tumut and Oberon (New South Wales) and Yarram, Colac, and Portland (Victoria).

AKD’s apprentice program has continued to grow over the years and this new offering is furthering that growth.

AKD currently has more than 70 apprentices in training, reflecting approximately one in 15 AKD employees as trade apprentices. This reinforces AKD’s approach to train and develop its people, and to ensure trade-based skills are available for the longer term to support their ongoing sawmilling operations.

“AKD Tumut continues to invest in its cutting-edge equipment and innovative technology,” AKD Tumut site manager Warren “Rabs” Green told Tumut and Adelong Times.

“This creates exciting development and training opportunities, not just for trade-related jobs, but for all employees operating and supporting the business and community.”

AKD Tumut maintenance manager David Rosetta said the young local apprentices were all very good at their jobs. “It is awesome that opportunities are still here for the younger people to get apprenticeships within the mill.”

“These opportunities have been going on for many years and it is still going. There is a wide variety of positions going so we would like to see a wide variety of applicants. It is a real credit to the business that they continue to do this because not all businesses are doing this anymore,” he said.

Mr Rosetta believes it shows the commitment of the businesses to stay in the area after the heavy losses suffered by the timber industry in the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires.

“We are still employing young apprentices. The business is very committed to the [Tumut] area even with the loss of raw product.”

Mr Green added that AKD Tumut also continues to invest in technology.

“We continue to upskill and improve our apprentices, and make it safer, and the important thing to me is that we are investing in the community. We have a long-term vision to make sure this town is successful,” he concluded.