Hastings Deering Opens 2022 Apprenticeships

Mining and construction support company Hastings Deering has opened applications for its 2022 apprenticeship intake calling on would-be apprentices to ‘start something big’ for 40 new positions.

Courtesy of Hastings Deering

As the world adjusts to another year with sudden disruptions brought about by COVID-19, Hastings Deering’s apprentice intake campaign celebrates optimism pitching to would-be apprentices to “come stand with us – one of the world’s largest Cat dealers”.

There are five trades on offer across nine Hastings Deering workshops including Brisbane, Toowoomba, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns, Mt Isa, Darwin and Alice Springs.

Hastings Deering’s General Manager-People and Culture Vincent Cosgrove said Hastings Deering applications continued to be highly sought after with record numbers year after year. Mr Cosgrove said:

“The equipment we stand for powers the world. Big companies, big economies and big goals that come with big challenges and responsibilities: hence our tagline of ‘start something big’.  Our apprentices have many career pathways: from mining and construction machinery to marine engines – Cat machines are diverse in mechanics as in size.  Our operations run across a gamut of industries and we have many apprentices who have become trades people and created career paths in workshops, field service, sales and management.”

While last year Hastings Deering received a record 2695 applications for 40 positions, Mr Cosgrove said would-be applicants should not be deterred by the competition.

To create a more personal experience for applicants this year Hastings Deering has developed an App: a virtual reality filter built for Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook where would-be apprentices can use the filter and see what they would look like as a Hastings Deering apprentice in the high vis, safety goggles, ear plugs, and gloves

The concept is designed to allow potential apprentice applicants to ‘see themselves as an HD apprentice’ no matter what their age, location, cultural background or gender. He said:

“Our recruitment process is very extensive with all applicants considered. The initial application is made online with online aptitude testing and engagement centre with short conversation style interviews and apparatus testing. This year we had a couple of apprentices who had previously applied and were not successful but were successful this year.”


“For students who are still at school with an eye on a career in the resources sector, our advice is to take advantage of opportunities through the Queensland Resources Council and their Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy program and school-based training opportunities.”


“Applicants should also be sure to share what life experiences they have and if they are a school leaver include their extra-curricular activities, whether that is sports or helping out a local charity. All of these things talk to us about your skills: holding down a part time job while at school shows you can multi-task and even being in a charity fun run shows community spirit – attributes all important for future employees.”

Eddie and Jack Hemings. Courtesy of Hastings Deering

Older applicants should not be deterred with 18 of this year’s cohort of 40 considered mature age including Rockhampton’s Warren Kaerger the oldest at 46.

The group also includes seven females who made up 17% of the intake with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders accounting for 10%: both sectors up on 2020 figures.

Apprenticeships are for four years with the ability to complete earlier: all apprentices receive a nationally recognised qualification. Applications close May 30.

Candidates can also learn more about Apprenticeship Opportunities, access the FAQ’s and top tips on applying by visiting the following links: https://www.hastingsdeering.com.au/our-business/working-with-us/apprenticeships

 Five tips for making sure your application stands out:

  • Include an up-to-date resume outlining any work experience, part-time work, volunteering, hobbies etc.
  • Include a short cover letter telling us why you are passionate about the apprenticeship you are applying for and how your extra-curricular activities demonstrate this.
  • Find out as much as you can about Hastings Deering and the apprenticeship and use this knowledge to tailor your application to your own experience.
  • Make sure your resume and cover letter are formatted well and have been proof read and are free of grammar and spelling mistakes
  • Take your time and thoroughly complete all questions and attach all requested documents.
Courtesy of Hastings Deering
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