Graduating class hands baton to next NETTS generation

Our NETTS Program has bid farewell to another graduating class and swiftly welcomed in its new recruits within the space of a week.

Friday 28 January saw celebrations and recognition of our NETTS 2018 apprentice intake as they graduated from the program as fully qualified tradespeople, ready to start their careers in the Energy Sector. Family, friends and host company representatives from Shell and Santos were invited to enjoy an afternoon of food, drinks and celebration. Our eight apprentices were presented with certificates to commemorate their hard work and determination to succeed throughout a challenging yet rewarding four years.

The group started their NETTS journeys as fresh-faced high-school graduates with little to no knowledge of the oil and gas industry or their respective trades. Fast forward four years, and they are leaving the program as competent, skilled tradespeople with a sound knowledge of the industry.

Ian Ritchie, the Lead in Santos for Apprentice Programs and Future Skills Development, spoke about the pride and enjoyment in working with the group.

“They have shown to themselves, their families and other young people what is really achievable when you work hard and remain focussed, and I look forward to seeing where the future in the industry takes them.”

Tayla Ryan, Mechanical Fitter for Shell, gave a powerful and inspiring Valedictorian speech, saying, “As I look out across this room, I am encouraged by what our future holds. I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of you. I hope to see you all using the knowledge and experience gained in your apprenticeship to make a difference not only at work but also in your day-to-day lives.”

But as one story ends, another begins. On Thursday, 3 February, we welcomed 11 excited new recruits, eager to start their own journey in the NETTS Program. This year’s cohort, consisting of apprentices hosted by Shell, Santos, Woodside and Jadestone Energy, commenced at ACEPT TAFE Campus last week.  

Tiana Laing, apprentice Process Operator for Shell, said, “As young people entering the industry, we can’t wait to get started and learn everything there is to know about our host companies. The NETTS Program is specifically designed to train people like us, and we can’t wait to experience it all!”

The new recruits will spend the next 12-months gaining crucial safety and foundation training at ACEPT TAFE Campus in Henderson and on local secondment placements to get some hands-on experience. This is our seventh NETTS intake since the program started in 2016. Keep watching this space to see our newest members’ outstanding achievements as they work toward their own graduation in 2026.

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