2024 Apprentice Intake

We are thrilled to welcome the 27 new apprentices to AKD in 2024. Embarking on their trade pathways, our 2024 intake represents a diverse range of ages, spanning from 16 to 42 years old, with almost 20% being female. This is another significant step in our ongoing commitment to developing people, support our business operations and communities, and advancing the skills crucial to our industry.

AKD’s Apprenticeship Pro-gram is a structured, 3-4 year development pathway which combines training with practical work experience to provide participants with varied opportunities to develop their skills, gain hands-on experience and obtain a trade qualification. We currently have over 75 apprentices across our various sites. These apprenticeships span a range of trade fields, including Fitting and Machining, Fabrication, Electrical, Saw Technicians, and Wood Machinists.

One aspect of this year’s intake is the significant number of positions filled from within our existing AKD workforce, accounting for over 40% of the total placements even. This not only demonstrates dedication to internal development but also shows how talented our team is.

This year, we are continuing our support of ‘Dual Trade’ development as well as supporting school-based apprenticeships, offering the students invaluable experience of on-the-job training combined with TAFE while completing their secondary education.

We wish our new apprentices all the best. Their dedication and enthusiasm are the building blocks of a promising career, and we are confident that you will excel in your roles.