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As each apprentice learns the skills of their chosen trade, they will be responsible for helping to ensure the people of Queensland continue to enjoy a world-class, safe and reliable electricity supply.
In times of disaster, such as the recent bushfires that have affected our state, it is these crews who work tirelessly around the clock to bring power back to our homes and help communities begin their road to recovery.
These apprentices are also proof of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to creating skills and jobs for our next generation of Queenslanders.
We know 9 out of 10 jobs predicted to grow will require a vocational education and training (VET) qualification.
That’s why the Palaszczuk Government is investing in skills and training for Queenslanders with our free TAFE and free apprenticeships initiatives.
Already we are supporting more than 16,500 young Queenslanders to gain a valuable qualification for free through these initiatives.
This includes more than 2,600 electrical apprentices which is, by far, our most popular qualification so far, followed by carpentry and mechanical.
Ergon Energy and Energex recruit for apprentices every year and have welcomed 102 new apprentices in this year’s first intake, with 28 of them undergoing their training at EsiTrain in Rocklea.
All nominations for Energex and Ergon technical training are now managed through the new EsiTrain website at www.esitrain.com.au
For more information on free TAFE and free apprenticeships visit: www.desbt.qld.gov.au/freeapprenticeships