Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Electricity industry welcomes new apprentices

Ergon Apprenticeship Induction 2018

8 February 2018 –

The next generation of energy professionals are joining Ergon Energy as apprentices in 2018.

The 76 new apprentices, including a record number of 14 women, are being welcomed at inductions in Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Maryborough and Toowoomba as they embark on a career in one of our state’s publicly-owned electricity businesses.

I was in Townsville to welcome 22 of the apprentices who were doing their initial training. (I was also happy to help out with their first aid training.)

A trades apprenticeship is an excellent foundation in understanding the electricity industry – some of the industry’s executives and senior managers started their careers as apprentices.

Residents of regional and rural Queensland rely on Ergon crews for a world-class, safe and reliable electricity supply. It’s the job of these crews to keep the lights on and they often work in atrocious conditions to restore power after storms and cyclones.

The 76 new Ergon apprentices will take the total apprentice cohort across the state’s publicly-owned electricity businesses to 110.

Energex has hired 23 new apprentices in the south-east corner, CS Energy will welcome two mechanical apprentices next month at Kogan Creek Power Station near Chinchilla, and Stanwell Corp has nine new apprentices across their operations at Stanwell Power Station near Rockhampton and Tarong power stations in the South Burnett region.

Once all the recruits have completed their initial training, the apprentices will return to their home depots in 33 locations, from Warwick to Mossman and Quilpie to Normanton.

This year’s intake of apprentices will be based at: Atherton, Barcaldine, Biggenden, Bundaberg, Cairns, Charters Towers, Childers, Dalby, Emerald, Gladstone, Hervey Bay, Home Hill, Ingham, Kingaroy, Mackay, Mareeba, Maryborough, Miriam Vale, Monto, Mossman, Mt Isa, Normanton, Quilpie, Ravenshoe, Richmond, Rockhampton, Sarina, St George, Toowoomba, Townsville, Warwick and Yarraman.