Scaffolding trainees set to achieve great heights in Australia

Giovenco Industries, part of Stork, is setting its bar high. With a new initiative in the Surat Basin, Queensland Australia, where Giovenco holds the maintenance contract with SHELL QGC for scaffold, coatings, and insulation, set to be a game changer in the Surat. An initiative that was the brainchild of regional manager, Clay Evans, has seen the start of a 12-month journey for three local indigenous trainees, who have commenced their Certificate III in scaffolding.

Giovenco has partnered with local skilled trade apprentice specialist, MIGAS, to develop the traineeship program, and shaping it to suit the oil and gas industry.

Mr. Evans said he is thrilled with how the program has commenced, “Even though it’s early days all three trainees have made excellent progress and have shown that they have the ability to develop into exceptional scaffolders. As an equal opportunity employer, we want our workforce to reflect the local communities we serve and I am personally very proud that these new trainees are all indigenous Australians and are a little older than your typical young school leaving apprentice.

“This initiative supports our focus on local employment, also aligned with our indigenous participation strategy,” stated Mr. Evans. Giovenco is passionate about closing the employment gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. This initiative is supporting that commitment, with 20% of Giovenco employees working on the SHELL project being of Aboriginal descent.

A sentiment echoed by MIGAS CEO Craig Westwood, a former Fitter and Turner himself said, “A scaffolding traineeship lets you earn while you learn, putting you on the road to a rewarding career in one of the most innovative, dynamic and exciting industries.”

Giovenco is planning to roll out similar initiatives across its other sites in the not too distant future, continuing to support local employment within the communities in which we operate.