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Programmed and Woodside celebrate annual training awards

Apr 9, 2019

We recently recognised and celebrated the hard work and achievements of our apprentices, trainees and mentors at our annual Woodside/Programmed Training Awards.

Programmed has been working in partnership with Woodside for over 20 years, welcoming local apprentices and trainees across their facilities on the Burrup.

We increased our intake this year, with 58 new local recruits starting their careers with Programmed at Woodside, bringing us to a total of 123 apprentices and trainees across Woodside’s Karratha facilities.

The Training Awards were held at Karratha’s new Red Earth Arts Precinct in March this year, an impressive setting that launched the evening with a buzz of energy. With 170 people in attendance, the evening provided a wonderful opportunity to:

  • celebrate our 24 graduate apprentices and trainees from 2018
  • welcome our 57 new apprentices and trainees joining us in 2019
  • acknowledge the achievements of all apprentices and trainees, in particular the following award winners who were recognised for their high achievements:
    • Graduating Apprentice – Jesse Maiorana – Mechanical Fitter Apprentice
    • 3rd Year Apprentice – Ben Mills – Mechanical Fitter Apprentice
    • 2nd Year Apprentice – Kyle Wingeatt – Mechanical Fitter Apprentice
    • 1st Year Apprentice – Kieran McLay – Inlec Apprentice
    • Graduating Operator Trainee – Hayden Schilling
    • 1st Year Operator Trainee – Craig O’Brien
    • Operations Support Trainee – Jayden Dhu
    • Business Administration Trainees – Kayla Derschow and Shaye Style
  • say thank you to the mentors, who provide ongoing support to the apprentices and trainees, including the following ‘Mentors of the Year’:
    • Communications – Ronald Soriano
    • Mechanical – Mikayla Smith
    • Inlec – Adam Bell
    • Operations – Jeremy Woodman
    • Business Administration – Paige Stallard
    • Pluto – Jacob Foley
    • Mirnuwarnigu Yirdiya Pathways – Daniel Farmer

Woodside Karratha Gas Plant asset manager Andrew Lobb said the team was pleased to welcome their largest cohort of apprentices and trainees.

“We have had more than 20 years of experience in training and hosting the next generation of talent, demonstrating our strong commitment to local training and employment.”

“We see ourselves operating our facilities in Karratha for decades to come, and quality, trained personnel are central to this vision,” Andrew said.

The Training Awards were made possible with thanks to the ongoing support of: Woodside; event sponsors Programmed, Apprenticeship Support Australia, Blackwoods, Quest Apartments, Keyspot, and Onyx Café; and co-ordination by our event manager, Programmed/Woodside Business Administration Trainee Shaye Style.

Applications are opening soon for our 2020 apprenticeship and traineeship intake with Woodside. Find out more at

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