Apprentices celebrated at Kings Rutherford Family Day
Kings Engineering today hosted a Family Day to welcome seven new apprentices and their families to the Rutherford based engineering company.
The Kings Family Day is a long-running way to celebrate new apprentices and provides a forum for their families to better understand the new role and to meet their colleagues and supervisors. The day features inductions, talks from senior leaders, site tours and an overview of support programs available to apprentices.
Greg Hurney, General Manager of Kings Engineering said: “The beginning of an apprenticeship is a major milestone in the life of these young men and women. It is one of the highlights of the year for the entire team at Kings and we all take great pleasure in helping them develop their skills as a tradesperson, and seeing them grow as young adults in our community.”
The new apprentices include two young locals - Sean Ayscough and Noah Ambrum – who entered the Kings Apprentice and Work Experience Initiative through the Youth Express KauKan program. KauKan is a Wonaruah word meaning ‘one who is able’ and the KauKan program helps support businesses and provide employment for Indigenous people.
“We’re delighted we can provide a meaningful employment pathway for local people and I’d like to thank Youth Express for helping us to do this. Kings is a wonderful local success story and we’re proud we can share the journey with these talented young apprentices,” said Greg.
Lori Parish, Kaukan VTEC Program Manager said: “Our relationship with Kings has given Kaukan VTEC participants the opportunity to secure a career and their dream job. These young Aboriginal men had a desire to secure an apprenticeship and therefore they are role models in their local community. Their success can inspire other young Aboriginal youth to succeed.”
The new apprentices welcomed at Rutherford are:
Lauren Vanderclay – Electrician
Corey Gunn – Electrician
Cooper Owen - Plant Mechanic
Zane Folpp - Plant Mechanic
Noah Ambrum – Fitter
Sean Ayscough - Machinist
Brayden Hughes- Boilermaker
Dylan Walsh will also join Kings as a boiler maker at its Wallerawang operation.