AKD is answering the call to support Australian job creation by announcing over 20 new apprenticeship positions and new graduate positions in 2021.
The challenges of this year are well known and have impacted on many communities. AKD have always placed the development of their people as a high priority, this year they felt it was even more important to create additional opportunities to support their communities. This commitment is consistent with their buy Australian made campaign, as they ask customers to support Australian jobs.
AKD Human Resources General Manager, Clark Rodger, explains “this has been a difficult time with a lot of uncertainty created, therefore we must all play our part in getting Australia moving again. The introduction of these new roles is one way that we can do more, and we encourage other businesses to consider what opportunities they may be able to provide.”
Mr Rodger continued, “in addition to good quality people, we need trade and tertiary qualified people to drive our business forward. If we create or develop a pipeline of skills and capabilities into our organisation, at the same as reinvesting in our existing people, then we are effectively investing in our future success as a whole organisation.”
AKD already employ 35 apprentices under their National Apprenticeship Program, with many past participants now holding trade, supervisor, and management positions throughout the company. The business is pleased to be able to add to this success with the introduction of more than 20 newly created opportunities in 2021. This compliments AKD’s existing Gap Year Program for school leavers.
Offering trades in Electrical, Saw Doctoring, Wood Machining and Fitting and with sites across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, the company is offering career opportunities which will see some individuals gain experience across a number of sites and locations.
Mr Rodger comments that “the opportunity to gain experience and exposure to multiple sites or functions is invaluable in anyone’s career development. Whilst we acknowledge and understand this won’t suit everyone depending on their life stage and family or personal commitments, we are willing to support and enable this experience for those who are open to it.”
Mr Rodger also commented that “we want to continue to see our team build in its diversity, including in gender and culture. We encourage applications from internal and external candidates, as well as school leaver and mature aged individuals. This is an exciting and long-term investment in the AKD team, AKD business and wider community.”
Photo: AKD Tumut Apprentice Fitter- Tahlia