Hastings Deering has received a record 2177 applications for its 2020 apprentice intake after closing applications last week.
The mining and construction support company opened applications for 75 positions in July for four weeks, with over 1000 applications in the first week.
This 2020 total is an increase of nearly 30 per cent on the 2019 apprentice intake application figures.
Hastings Deering said the majority of applications came from Mackay with 660, followed by Brisbane with 657, then Rockhampton with 309.
Diesel fitting was the most popular apprenticeship with nearly 1400 of the applicants applying for this trade.
Hastings Deering’s general manager-people and external affairs Vincent Cosgrove said the company set to improve flexibility and inclusion within its workforce, which was included as a driver for the 2020 apprenticeship recruitment.
“We are pleased this has resonated with job seekers with this record number of applications,” Mr Cosgrove said. “
“Successful applicants will learn about the repair, servicing and maintenance of a massive range of Caterpillar equipment, engines and power systems.”