At Haynes we aspire to being more than just a workplace, we aspire to provide people with opportunities to develop and grow into the best that they can be.

Haynes Group Chief Executive Officer Rob Freeman said he wholeheartedly supports Hayne’s commitment to people,  deliberately develops a culture that encourages learning, development, and personal and professional growth.

“I am a huge advocate of believing in people to be the best that they can be and unreservedly support my team to realise their full potential,” Rob said.

“I really want everyone to be inspired to believe in themselves and achieve more than they’ve ever thought possible.”

Chief Operating Officer Laurie Willett said what really drives Haynes’ culture is a commitment to providing adult and youth work-placement opportunities, particularly in Mackay, one of Haynes’ largest employment bases,

“We work closely with local high schools and TAFEs and offer new apprenticeships and traineeship positions every year,” Laurie said.

“But we don’t just roll out standard programs, we offer school-based and full-time programs, and initiatives geared specifically towards adults looking for career changes.”

Darryl Simmons swapped his life as an airport baggage handler in 2004, when he started as a second class welder within Haynes’ Mackay based AustChrome business, before being offered an apprenticeship.

Darryl said he missed the opportunity to start an apprenticeship when he was younger.

“Being given a second chance to undertake an adult apprenticeship with AustChrome has really changed my life.

“I’ve worked as a leading hand machinist for 11 years now and look after apprentices that come through as part of my role.

“AustChrome has given me training and a stable fulltime position in town.”

For Madison Bear it has been a different journey, having finished Year 12 in 2016 and commencing a Certificate III Business Administration traineeship with Haynes in early 2017.

Madison said she actively sought out apprenticeships and traineeships with local businesses as early as July 2016, knowing that it would be very competitive.

“Enrolled through Central Queensland University, my traineeship requires me to be in the office with theory work undertaken online.

“I rotate through a number of roles at Haynes including reception, accounts and payroll.

“The support and mentorship I’m receiving is great, and I would thoroughly recommend this pathway to anyone looking to learn a variety of administration duties within a positive and welcoming environment.”