Bechtel warns of dodgy job agencies making untrue claims

AS competition gets tougher for jobs on Curtis Island, Bechtel has warned that dodgy job agencies are taking cash from job hunters in exchange for promised help to get a Bechtel position.

Meanwhile, the company is holding information sessions for contractors to help them downsize for the declining market.

Bechtel has received reports about an "employment broker" in Tasmania claiming to offer employment with Bechtel on the Curtis Island projects.

Candidates were asked to pay $200 for an initial referral and then a further $200 when they were found a position.

Bechtel said it was not affiliated with the company in any way and the solicitations were not legitimate.

The company's corporate website has constant updates on scams that surface, but all professional vacancies are advertised through http://www.bechtel.com.

Trades roles can be found through http://www.gladstoneprojects.com.

Bechtel is also in partnership with Shirlaws and GAPDL to host a series of business sustainability workshops.

They are particularly focused on small to medium businesses that have had supply contracts with Bechtel, but the 60-place program is also open to the community.

GAPDL chair Glenn Churchill said the program was about transitioning and transferring skills post-LNG construction.

"We need to be encouraging those workers with those various skills to see if they can be applied in other areas," he said.

Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said the program funding came from Bechtel's win at the Queensland training awards.

"We decided to reinvest the prize package back into the community," he said.

"The Gladstone business community has provided great support for us during the construction phase of these projects and we want to make sure they continue to be successful long after we finish building these plants."


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