Woodside has welcomed 42 new apprentices and trainees to Karratha to begin work in its oil and gas facilities this year.

This is an increase on the 28 apprentices and trainees taken on last year.

Woodside Karratha Gas Plant acting asset manager James Colman said the company was pleased to be taking on a large number of new apprentices.

“By year’s end, we will be training more than 120 apprentices and trainees here in Karratha, who will be completing a variety of training courses, including mechanical fitting, electrical instrument-ation and radio communications apprenticeships, as well as business administration, information technology, operations support and process plant operator traineeships,” he said.

Mr Colman said the apprenticeship and traineeships created pathways to employment in the oil and gas sector for Karratha people.