Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Apprentices bolstering electricity industry

2019 Energex apprentices

8 February, 2018 –

Queensland’s electricity industry has its eye on the future with 119 apprentices kicking off their careers with our state’s publicly-owned electricity businesses.

These apprentices will become important members of teams across the state who ensure Queensland’s reliable and secure energy supply.

When natural disasters strike, it will be these young men and women who the community will turn to, as part of the Ergon team, to get power back up and running.

The Palaszczuk Government is continuing to create jobs for Queenslanders, including these much sought-after apprenticeships.

Eleven Ergon apprentices are starting their training in Toowoomba this week, with another four at Stanwell Power Station, and two at Kogan Creek near Chinchilla.

Across Queensland, 34 Energex apprentices (pictured above) are undertaking their initial training before being based at 14 depots in the south east corner. Energex has also hired 17 apprentices for its mid-year intake.

A further 68 apprentices have recently started training with Ergon Energy in Townsville, Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Toowoomba, Cairns, and Maryborough and will soon head to 32 depots across regional and rural Queensland.

CS Energy has six apprentices at its power stations – Kogan Creek near Chinchilla and Callide at Biloela. Stanwell has hired nine at its power stations – Stanwell near Rockhampton, Tarong near Kingaroy, and Kareeya Hydro near Tully.

In a traditionally male-dominated industry, it’s encouraging to see 32 women among the new recruits and 11 identifying as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

The apprentices can train in a range of trades: communications technician, distribution linesperson, transmission linesperson, mechanical fitter, electrician or underground cable jointer.

I hope that this is the start of a long and enjoyable career for each of them.