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Haden puts apprentices to the test


Haden’s top 18 apprentices from around Australia took part in the inaugural Haden / MIGAS Apprentice Challenge in Rockhampton. The Challenge pitched 2nd, 3rd and 4th year apprentices against each other in a test of theoretical and practical expertise.

The challenge, involving local air conditioning company Haden Engineering, MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees, Rockhampton TAFE and The Rockhampton Grammar School, is the latest example of what Haden has been achieving for youth in regional areas by working closely with educational institutions.

Chris Lovell, Rockhampton branch manager and developer of the Challenge, is a long time supporter of promoting apprenticeships to regional youth as a great career option and developing his apprentices into first class technicians. He has nurtured close links with industry and training bodies to ensure his apprentices develop the technical skills and problem solving abilities they will need on the job.

“As a company, we need to support our young apprentices and show them that we value their commitment to working, and studying, hard,” explains Chris. “This challenge tested not only the capabilities of the individual technicians, but also the training and development that is provided through the branches and their local TAFE colleges”.

Haden and MIGAS were instrumental in lobbying for Rockhampton TAFE to introduce the Refrigeration skills course. Prior to this, Haden technicians had to spend hours on the road travelling to the nearest TAFE that offered the course.

“MIGAS work hard on developing relationships with the local industry and training bodies” explained Stuart MacDonald of MIGAS. “Our aim is to support the youth of Australia’s regional areas with employment and training opportunities.”

“Apprentices are our future and we need to ensure their skill levels are high and they stay with our company,” Chris explained, “but being a local branch staffed with local people, we think it is equally important to work with the community to develop educational pathways”. Haden Engineering hosts an increasing number of school based apprentices from The Rockhampton Grammar School each year and invited a number of students to attend the Challenge to see how exciting an apprenticeship can really be.


David Andrews
General Manager Business Development

Haden Engineering Pty Limited
Int: 61 438147135
Aus:  0438147135

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