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We will be looking for passionate, curious and motivated Apprentices to start their careers with us in 2023. Watch this page and our social media for more information in 2022.


Hastings Deering Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship with Hastings Deering is more than a training program. It’s an opportunity to learn from the best in the business in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Working with world-class Caterpillar machinery, our apprentices learn about the repair, servicing and maintenance of a massive range of equipment, engines and power systems.

Apprenticeships On Offer:

  • Engine Reconditioner
  • Auto Electrician
  • Boilermaker
  • Diesel Fitter
  • Mechanical Fitter


Why Choose Hastings Deering

  • Receive a nationally recognised trade qualification.
  • Learn valuable, nationally recognised job skills.
  • We were winner of the Large Employer of the Year (2020 QLD Training Awards).
  • Work full time and get paid while learning!
  • Travel allowances, uniform and PPE all paid for.
  • Four year competency based program with workplace based hands on training combined with formal learning through Hastings Deering Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or TAFE.
  • Support during your apprenticeship: All new Apprentices will be supported by an Apprentice Learning Coordinator who will guide you through your formal learning. You will also be assigned your very own Apprentice Buddy. Your Buddy will be a former Hastings Deering Apprentice who has since moved into a trades position and is there to help you learn the ropes! Your Buddy will support and guide you through your first year as an Apprentice.

Hastings Deering is committed to sustainability, flexibility and inclusion, health and safety, community and our partnerships.


How to Apply – Next Steps

Recruitment takes place once a year for Apprenticeships which commence in the following year. You can stay up to date with our application open dates by following our website or social media.

  • Eligibility

    To be eligible, applicants will be required to complete and be available for all stages of the recruitment process. This includes online application (including all documents), completing all online assessments and attending an engagement centre and interview.

    Are apprenticeships only for school leavers?
    No, we welcome applications from mature aged applicants. Our current apprentices are from a diverse range of ages and backgrounds.

    Do I need to have completed year 12?
    As a minimum we do require recent school leavers (within the last 5 years) to have completed year 12 and have achieved sound achievements in Maths and English. You will be asked to provide evidence of your school results when completing your application. Relevant work experience will be considered for those who have not completed year 12.

    Can I apply if I live overseas?
    You must be a permanent Australian resident or hold a relevant permanent visa at the time you apply. We do not provide visa sponsorship for apprentice positions.

    Can I apply if I have already commenced an apprenticeship?
    We do accept applications from candidates who have already commenced an apprenticeship in the same trade they are applying for.

  • Recruitment Process

    1. Online Application:
    The online application allows you to tell us who you are, which role you are applying for, your skills and experience and why you want to complete an apprenticeship with Hastings Deering.

    2. Documents you will be required to attach include:

    • Your resume and cover letter.
    • A copy of your recent school results if you have left school in the last 5 years.
    • Proof of right to work in Australia.

    3. Online assessments:
    Once your application has been reviewed, we will let you know if you have been successful to move onto the next stage which is a range of online assessments. These assessments can be completed anywhere you have online access. Online testing includes Mechanical, Numerical and Verbal reasoning.

    4. Engagement Centre & Interview:
    If you are successful to move through to the next stage of the apprenticeship intake you will be invited to attend an engagement centre held in the Business Centre you have applied for. The engagement centre will provide an opportunity to participate in a range of interactive activities including workshop tours, group and individual activities.

    5. You will also attend an interview:
    This will allow us to gain a further understanding of who you are, and an opportunity to tell us more about yourself and ask questions.

    6. Pre-employment Medical and Reference Checks:
    This stage of the process will see successful candidates from the engagement centres and interviews progress to pre-employment medicals and reference checks.

    7. Offer:
    Successful candidates will be formally offered an apprenticeship in writing.

  • Preparing Your Application

    1. Prepare your application:
    Read the job advertisement and apprentice website information including recruitment process before applying to understand the key responsibilities that are involved in the job.

    Customise your resume and cover letter for the job. Make sure to proof-read everything.

    2. Attach the required documents to your application:
    Resume, Cover letter, your most recent school report (if applicable).

    3. You will be asked to answer the following questions as part of your application, please have a think about what you might write:
    ‘Reason for becoming an apprentice’
    ‘Reason for chosen trade’

  • FAQ’s

    Can I apply in person?
    Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we require all applications are made online.

    How long does the recruitment process take?
    Due to the high volume of applications and the thorough process we undertake in selecting candidates the process can take up to six months to complete. We expect to be able to finalise offers by October/November.

    Do you offer relocation?
    Relocation is not offered for apprentice roles and if successful apprentices must live locally.

    Can I apply for more than one apprenticeship/location?
    You will only be able to apply for one apprenticeship and location when making your application.

    How long are the apprenticeships for?
    Apprenticeships are offered for 4 years nominally, however as apprenticeships are competency based there is an opportunity to complete training earlier.

    If I am successful, when will I commence?
    Apprentices who are successful will commence in early February 2022.

    Will I be notified if I am unsuccessful?
    All candidates will be notified of the outcomes of their application either by email or phone.

    Can I apply if I have applied previously?
    We certainly welcome applications from candidates who have previously applied.

    Can I apply if I already have a trade?
    You can apply if you already have a trade however, we do ask you consider how similar your current trade is to the one you are applying for as you may have already completed many of the competencies required and would not be required to complete a full apprenticeship.

    Can I apply if I have already commenced an apprenticeship?
    We do accept applications from candidates who have already commenced an apprenticeship in the same trade they are applying for.

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