Employers in the Illawarra region south of Sydney, have traditionally supported apprentices and trainees, providing them with first class on the job training.
The region’s on-going contribution was recognized at the NSW Group Training Awards,
held in Sydney in October.
Innovative engineering company, David Brown Gear Industries (DBGI), based in the Illawarra region, won the award for best Host Employer.
David Brown Gear is host to nine apprentices employed by Australian Industry Group Training Services (AiGTS).
Located at Bulli, on a 2.6ha site, David Brown Gear Industries Ltd provides world class,
high quality power transmission solutions throughout the Asian Pacific region.
The company has branch offices and service centres in Perth, Melbourne, Newcastle, Brisbane and Mackay.
Their win follows the success of another AiGTS host employer, KJ Industrial Scaffolding,
in the same award in the previous two years.
The quality of both of these Illawarra-based companies in their hosting and training of
apprentices is highlighted by the standard of the competition for this prestigious award.
Nominees over the past two years have included Delta Energy, Eraring Energy, Sydney Water, Thiess, Toll Fleet Management and Toshiba.
AiGTS Illawarra area manager, Mick Power said: “We nominated David Brown Gear Industries (DBGI) for the award because of the excellent workplace and learning environment they provide.
“Three of our apprentices will be completing their trade soon and they have all been offered full-time positions with the company, Mr Power said.
“They will be first class tradesmen. I’d like to pay tribute to the DBGI management,
supervisors and tradesmen who have passed on their skills and knowledge, particularly
Tim Chilby and Fred Hilton. It has been great to be involved in working with them as the
apprentices have developed and matured, both professionally and personally.”
Speaking at the awards ceremony, DBGI General Manager, Ian Chew, said: “Four years
ago we recognized that we had to improve our skills base from within the organization.
We started employing apprentices through AiGTS, and now they make up 8 per cent of
our workforce. They have been a great success, and we have even entrusted them with the task of organising our 150 years anniversary celebration day on November 21. Their
enthusiasm and commitment is excellent.”
To maintain the supply of skilled tradespersons at DBGI, AiGTS has recruited three 1st year apprentices. They will begin work at the Bulli plant in January.
Another four apprentices will be employed at DBGI branches in Mackay (2), Newcastle and Perth.
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