Largest trainee intake to date joins Woodside gas plants

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Some of the new residential Woodside trainees and apprentices.
Camera IconSome of the new residential Woodside trainees and apprentices. Credit: Woodside/Picture: Woodside

The newest lot of trainees and apprentices have started at Woodside, with the group comprising the largest intake in the company’s history.

Woodside has hosted apprentices at its Burrup facilities for more than 20 years and this year, 58 residential workers have started, more than doubling 2017’s intake of 28.

Karratha Gas Plant asset manager Andrew Lobb said the team was pleased to welcome their largest cohort of apprentices and trainees.

“We have had more than 20 years of experience in training and hosting the next generation of talent, demonstrating our strong commitment to local training and employment,” he said.

Employees are undertaking apprenticeships and traineeships in a range of fields, including mechanical fitting, electrical instrumentation, process plant operator, operations support and business administration.

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These new starters will be essential for Woodside’s Burrup Hub growth plans, which could see the facility process more gas than the entire volume extracted from the North West Shelf since it started in 1984.

“We see ourselves operating our facilities in Karratha for decades to come, and quality, trained personnel are central to this vision,” Mr Lobb said.

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