WTC Group Aust Pty Ltd has a brilliant reputation when it comes to fostering future generations through apprenticeships and traineeships, and the local civil construction company is looking to add to its ranks by offering hands-on training to motivated and enthusiastic people. 

In particular, WTC is looking to fill the worker shortage being experienced in the skilled trades space by equipping young people with the abilities needed to fulfill these roles. 

 So young people have a stable career path, and the region can continue to thrive.  

As the winner of the 2022 Business Fostering Trainees/Apprentices category at the Whitehaven Coal Narrabri and District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, the opportunity to undertake a traineeship or apprenticeship with WTC is highly attractive and one not to be missed.

“Being in this category is great recognition of how passionate we are about getting new people into our industry and trades,” said WTC managing director William Childs. 

Mr Childs is a big advocate for giving the younger generation a chance, and he said it’s been an ongoing challenge keeping and enticing skilled workers in regional NSW. 

“It’s more important than ever to be championing our young people in this area.

“We need more people in the industry and we believe traineeships and apprenticeships are the best way to learn while completing hands-on work.”

WTC’s well-known track record for supporting trainees and apprentices means current employees are keen to encourage others to apply for these positions. 

“The most fulfilling part of it is at the end of a job when you can actually see what you’ve achieved,” said Caitlin Calleja, who is undertaking a Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations at WTC. 

“If you love machines, you will probably get the same fulfillment out of the job.” 

Jayk Smith who is doing a Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations at WTC said it was a fun role and the most fulfilling aspect was when “the older and more experienced fellas tell me I’m doing a good job – that makes me proud.” 

“I like learning new things and it’s good to get a trade, get outside and get your hands dirty,” added Brock Davies, who is undertaking Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology at WTC. 

“I like the problem-solving side of things,” said Ryan Fahey, who is undertaking a Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology. 

Ryan urged people who “liked working outside, getting out of the office or school” to apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship. 

Working at WTC also gives people experience in a range of industries including agricultural, mining, and civil services, maintenance, and heavy haulage.  

Sharing knowledge and offering guidance are traits synonymous with the way WTC operates, the company is committed to engaging young people and recently took part in the inaugural Namoi Jobs and Trades Show in Narrabri. 

The event was a joint initiative of the Narrabri Industrial Network and Future EDU designed to promote the job and training opportunities available to young people and the wider workforce.  

Attendees including school students flocked to The Crossing Theatre to ask exhibitors like Mr Childs questions and see first-hand the machinery and technology which will drive job opportunities now and into the future.

The story behind WTC’s success and impressive expansion in Narrabri and Mudgee is inspiring and shows young country people what can be achieved through hard work, determination, and passion.  

Lisa and Will Childs built the company from the ground up after starting as a one-man operation with a single 623 elevated scraper in 2013.

The ‘one man’ was Narrabri’s Will Childs, who started his career as a plant operator and made his way up the ladder in a range of operational and supervisory roles across the country, gaining invaluable experience along the way.

As modernisation and technological advancements gained momentum in the agricultural industry, Mr Childs noticed a significant gap in Northern NSW for a locally operated company offering a customised service.

And from there, the WTC Group was born, and it keeps growing.

WTC does more than just ‘move dirt’, it’s a locally based civil construction company helping to build resilient regional communities, sponsoring community events and one of the largest 
privately owned employers in the Narrabri region with more than 70 employees and a modern fleet of more than 50 machines.

The family owned and operated company’s drive to provide a personalised and tailored service to each customer, from the agricultural industry to mining, is what sets it apart from competitors. 

The team at WTC believes there’s always room to grow and develop, striving to be the best by investing in WTC people. 

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