ALE Gladstone fourth-year apprentice Jack Todd with trainer Jared Lauder.
ALE Gladstone fourth-year apprentice Jack Todd with trainer Jared Lauder. Caroline Tung

GAGAL trainees 'prepare for bigger world'

FOR 21-year-old Jack Todd, being an apprentice is about learning to become an adult.

The fourth-year diesel fitter trainee has worked at ALE in Gladstone for three-and-a-half years.

Saving big machines from breaking down for industrial giants such as Rio Tinto is part of the daily gig.

"(ALE) really have a lot of faith in me to do my job as best as I can," Mr Todd said.

Mr Todd's job involves preparing and maintaining machinery, specialising in cranes.

In seven months, he said he'll be ready to refine his skills in other places.

"The path from here is to really explore my options, working on different types of equipment, even working on cranes and broadening my knowledge elsewhere in this business," Mr Todd said.

Mr Todd's trainer and ALE diesel fitter Jared Lauder said he has "adapted perfectly" to the company.


ALE fourth-year apprentice Jack Todd sets his sights far.
ALE fourth-year apprentice Jack Todd. Caroline Tung

"It's great that Jack has had previous mechanical experience and he can fit straight in especially in what we're doing specialising with cranes and such," Mr Lauder said.

"His cooperativeness with our team is a big factor (because) we don't' really have individual tasks most of the time... and his dedication as well."

Mr Lauder credits Gladstone Area Group Apprentices Ltd for their support in providing resources and easy access to information.

"I was actually very appreciative how easy they make things, especially for the host company," he said.

A field officer works flexibly with ALE and Mr Todd to make sure both party's needs are met.

"Whenever you need them, they'll come out and assist you with any job inquiries or any issues you are having with your host company," Mr Lauder said.

For Mr Lauder, teaching a trainee has been "great" personal experience.

"It's different, it's definitely like taking a young child under your wing most times," he said.

"It's actually really good to see the outcome, see them actually succeed in their trade."