Employer of the Year

Sponsored by Southern Cross Television.

Winner: Hastings Deering (Aust) Ltd

Hastings Deering specialises in earthmoving for mining, roads infrastructure, land development, earthworks for construction, electrical and plumbing, and is a dealer for Caterpillar heavy vehicles. The company also deals in diesel engines for marine, power generation and transport.

Currently, Hastings Deering employs 29 full-time apprentices as well as four school-based apprentices out of its total 160 staff.

The company’s policy to ‘grow our own’ has seen apprentice numbers increase steadily with an average of eight new apprentice places being offered every year in Darwin and every two years in Alice Springs. High retention rates after the completion of the apprenticeships means the company has a strong ‘apprentice-appreciation culture’ among staff and management.

As the leading earthmoving specialists, Hastings Deering believes that staying at the top of the field is only achieved when their staff are expertly trained and experienced so as to offer the best, most current advice and information to clients. Staff training and knowledge in the areas of site and equipment safety, contamination control and up-to-date technical training has provided the most benefit for their business outcomes and on-going success.

By providing innovative learning programs and tools in the workplace, above-award wages, assistance with tool kits, work clothes, boots and other safety equipment; Hastings Deering offers initiatives and encouragement to apprentices to work hard to become an asset to the company and the industry in general.

Runner up: Kerry’s Automotive Group

Last updated: 24 June 2019

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