Hastings Deering has been swamped by a record 2695 applications for its 2021 apprentice intake after applications closed in July.
The mining and construction support company opened applications for 40 positions in June for four weeks, with over 1000 applications in the first week alone.
The company logged a record year for its 2020 apprenticeships with figures up by 30 per cent on the intake applications for 2019. This year’s total even topped that by 26 per cent.
The majority of applications, 595, were for Brisbane diesel fitter roles, followed by 300 for an auto electrician apprenticeship in Brisbane, then again for diesel fitters in Rockhampton, 258 and Mackay with 236, said Hastings Deering’s General Manager-People and External Affairs Vincent Cosgrove.
“The diesel fitter apprenticeship is clearly the applicant’s preferred trade across all our locations,” Mr Cosgrove said.
“We received applications from every single state and territory in Australia, proving applicants are prepared to relocate.”
The breakdown of applicants included 14% female up from last year, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders accounting for 11 per cent.
“Already over 2000 applicants have been through to the first round of aptitude testing which forms part of our recruitment process,” Mr Cosgrove said.
“Successful applicants will learn about the repair, servicing and maintenance of a massive range of Caterpillar equipment, engines and power systems.
“They’ll be rotated through various departments, including the Engine, Drivetrain, Equipment Assembly, Weld Shop, Fuel Pump Test Cell and On-Highway Truck workshops, so at the end of their training they’ll be a qualified Caterpillar expert with a nationally recognised trade qualification.”