Acland Pastoral Company hires new apprentice

25 April 2013

The Acland Pastoral Company (APC) has hired its first school-based rural apprentice, Chloe Gordon.

Chloe, 17, joined APC two months ago and spends two days a week at Acland as part of her year 12 studies.

“I love it,” Chloe said. “I saw a notice on a board at school that had all the traineeships and apprenticeships available and I saw this one for APC and I thought I’d give it a go.

“After being here for two months I’ve decided that I’d really like to work on cattle properties and stations in the future.

“Working here at APC is even better than I thought it would be.

“I like all the stuff I have learnt here but I really like the cattle work in particular. It’s just really good fun.

“I have also learnt a lot about things like fencing and how to look after the land properly.”

Chloe credited APC Manager Ben Muirhead and Assistant Manager Michael Laird with helping her learn a lot in such a short time about managing cattle and the land.

“I look forward to Wednesdays and Thursdays when I come to work here at Acland. They are a really good bunch of people here and everyone is always really helpful,” she said.

Chloe’s mother Kaylie Gordon said she was really happy with Chloe’s development while working at APC.

“She could not have a better bunch of guys to work with,” she said.

“Ben and Michael are showing Chloe the ropes and they are treating her really well. They go out of their way to help her.”

Ben said APC’s school-based apprenticeship program offered young local people the chance to break into the agriculture industry.

“Given the scale of our operations here at APC we can give young local people this important experience in the industry,” he said. “Otherwise if we don’t train young people it can be very hard for them to get their foot in the door.

“The agriculture industry needs to get more young people involved. Also, given our scale we can give them exposure to a lot of different things that a smaller farm or business may not allow.

“It’s good to give young people that exposure to managing large areas of land with a commercial and environmental focus too.

“New Acland has a lot of trainee, apprenticeship and graduate positions in many areas of work at the mine, plus a lot of vacation student positions – but this is the first expansion into the rural side of the business and we hope it is the first of many more to come.”

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