Regarded as a long standing tradition within Ampcontrol; the annual Apprentice and Graduate Morning Tea was recently held at Ampcontrol’s Head Office in Tomago to welcome 20 new starters.
From graduate electrical engineers taking their first plunge into their chosen profession to soon-to-be first year apprentices and trainees across a range of trades, the morning tea signalled a huge moment in recent Ampcontrol history.
Ampcontrol CEO and Managing Director, Rod Henderson said onboarding apprentices has always been important for Ampcontrol.
“Providing substantial and meaningful career pathways for young people via apprenticeships has always been an important part of our business, but recent years have made onboarding at this scale almost impossible,” Rod said.
“With a positive turn in business conditions and outlook, it is a delight to see so many new faces joining the business, especially in these critical skills areas.”
Apprenticeships and traineeships have been offered across mechanical, electrical, fabrication and stores trades as well as three graduate engineers who will rotate across different parts of the business.
“The morning tea is not only an opportunity to welcome them all together as the 2018 cohort, but show them around some of our 13,000sqm of manufacturing space in Tomago. This helps put a lot of the work they are about to start in perspective,” Rod said.
Since 1968, Ampcontrol has provided employment to skilled tradespeople and engineers who have contributed to some significant innovations throughout the company’s almost 50-year history.
“Traditionally, Ampcontrol may have been recognised within the Hunter as a manufacturer that supports the mining industry. The Ampcontrol of 2017 and beyond is so much more than that,” Rod said.
“While advanced manufacturing out of the Hunter remains a core capability, the reach of our business into new markets means our innovative approach to engineering and customer solutions is going global.”
In 2017, Ampcontrol delivered electrical infrastructure to Sydney’s Westconnex project as well as kicked off the manufacture and supply of Australian engineered products to the world’s largest copper mine in Mongolia. The business also secured tunnelling project work in Hong Kong and Singapore.
“As we approach our 50th year in 2018, it is an exciting period for Ampcontrol and our people. This is what makes welcoming 20 new people who will be a part of this exciting future even more rewarding,” Rod said.
Ampcontrol employs over 350 people in the Hunter across seven sites and specialises in the design and supply of complete electrical system solutions.
IMAGE | Ampcontrol welcomes 20 new apprentices, graduates and trainees.