Yatala construction company FirePro has been recognised in Construction Skills Queensland's (CSQ) Promote Your Local Legend campaign for its strong support for local apprentices. FirePro is the largest fire protection installation labour force in Queensland and has become one of the leaders in fire protection training. The company has more than 30 staff, comprising 12 apprentices. Some apprentices were out of trade before getting the chance to restart their training with the company.
General manager Janine Horrocks said her company recognised the importance of supporting apprentices. "By hiring apprentices, we are helping to ensure the future of a life saving industry," she said. " We believe we are assisting our people to develop not only trade skills, but also life skills side of work. Our apprentices have pride in themselves, their company and their industry." The company's training culture saw them win an award at the 2009 Construction Skills Training Excellence Awards.