NEW OPPORTUNITIES: Lauren Hirning (middle) said the QGC pathways program has changed her life.
NEW OPPORTUNITIES: Lauren Hirning (middle) said the QGC pathways program has changed her life. Contributed

Endless opportunities in resource sector

DALBY'S Lauren Hirning is just eight months into her traineeship as a gas plant operator with Shell's QGC business, but couldn't be more excited about her future career.

Last year Lauren, 20, successfully applied for the QGC Pathways Apprenticeship and Traineeship Program.

She's now started a Certificate 3 in Process Plant Operations and she's getting hands-on professional experience in the natural gas industry.

With the 2020 QGC Pathways intake now open, Lauren encourages anyone from the Western Downs with an interest in the industry to put their name forward.

While she admits at the beginning to being nervous about learning the technical skills required, she said there's nothing to worry about and it comes with time and practice.

"The beauty about it is the fact you're not expected to come into a role and know what you're doing straight away,” she said.

"They expect you to come in not having any experience and they teach you everything. Provided you do your best, you have the Shell's QGC and Migas team supporting you the whole way.”

Lauren, who is currently working at the Ruby Jo Central Processing Plant, said the opportunity she'd been given had changed her life.

"I applied because the job was in a field that is thriving with great career prospects,” she said.

"The extent of what I have learnt and continue to learn each and every day is amazing.

"My goal now is to hopefully get a permanent position as a gas plant operator.

"This would be an opportunity that could take me all over the world, but I would be just as happy staying right here in my own backyard where I grew up.”

The Pathways Program, introduced in 2017, has seen 22 people from across the Western Downs Region kick off their career in the natural gas industry, learning on the job while completing a nationally-recognised qualification.

For anyone interested in applying, more information is available online at qgcpathways.

Applications close September 6.