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Peter Lindsay MP today congratulated four young men as they started their first day in a new and rewarding career as an apprentice. Chris Essery, Ross Giannikos, Lee McLean and Ashley Worth today signed their official documents to commence their four year diesel fitter apprenticeship with Hastings Deering Ltd, Townsville. “I congratulate these four young men as they start their journey on a rewarding career,” Mr Lindsay said. “Hastings Deering is a well renowned company, that has been the Caterpillar dealer covering Queensland, Northern Territory, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, for

over 50 years,” he said. New apprentice Chris Essery developed an interest in the field after working on engines on his dad’s fishing trawler. “I chose to do my apprenticeship with Hastings Deering, as it is one of the biggest companies in the world,” Mr Essery said. “It’s a great career move, and I hope to use my qualifications to travel and work overseas,” he said. Hands on experience also helped Lee McLean to gain an apprenticeship position. “I was born and bred on a farm near Clermont, so I was always tinkering with engines and driving dozers,” Mr McLean said. Hastings Deering has signed up 102 new apprentices this year in Australia, 75 of those in Queensland. Photo: Peter Lindsay MP, Apprentice Chris Essery, Branch Manger John Ritchie