Careers through 3 AKD talent programmes

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It’s full steam ahead at AKD with the announcement of their 2022 intake of Apprentices, Graduates and Gap Year employees. As the Australian community finally starts emerging from the past 12 months’ challenges, AKD will bring in over 30 new employees through three talent programs across the country.

Clark Rodger, General Manager – Human Resources at AKD said “the opportunities across the programs being launched would suit a wide range of people. Whether you’re a student looking to take a gap year, a graduate looking to embark on their career, or someone looking to build their skills and learn a new trade, AKD has an option for you. Many of our existing leaders, tradespeople and technical experts have joined AKD through these programs, demonstrating the programs value and our long-term commitment to them”.

AKD’s Talent Development Manager, Genevieve Ryan, spoke on the recently reinvigorated graduate program, voicing that “the program is perfect for recent graduates looking to build on their work experience. The AKD Graduate Program provides individuals with the opportunity to work first-hand on projects across Australia and to accelerate their career by providing them exposure to different operational and business innovation and technologies”.

Ms Ryan said, “this program will give AKD the opportunity to recruit new employees from some of Australia’s leading universities, while offering them invaluable on-the-job training”. AKD are offering graduate opportunities across several fields including Engineering, Commerce, Science, Forestry, Manufacturing, HR and Safety.

The company’s successful National Apprenticeship Program is back for another year, with over 20 apprentice positions on offer once again. Ms Ryan believes that “AKD Apprenticeships deliver a great pathway to become a qualified tradesperson, with nationally recognised training and hands-on experience in your chosen career. We have a number of apprenticeship opportunities available across a range of trades including Saw Technician, Wood Machinist, Electrical and Fitting & Turning, and are available in a range of site locations across Victoria, NSW and QLD. We encourage individuals at all stages of their life to consider the opportunities”.

After another successful year running the gap year program, AKD will be taking in another group of gap year employees, marking the fifth year of running the program. The gap year program is a great opportunity for local students to work in a large business and prepare for university, gaining valuable skills and experiences. “If you’re not sure about what to do following year 12 studies, it’s a great way to get a feel of the industry, or a great opportunity to provide exposure to a chosen field of study and earn money before heading off to university,” Ms Ryan said.

If you are interested in any of these positions or are looking to join the team at AKD, please visit

Photo: Jason Mitchell, AKD Wood Machinist Apprentice

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