Program structure & support
Generally speaking, each apprenticeship runs for four years. When you first start with Ergon Energy, you'll complete an induction. This ensures you have a basic understanding of our company and the policies and procedures that you'll be required to follow. Once the induction is complete, you'll be able to begin your apprenticeship training.
Apprenticeships are based on achieving competencies. A competency means that you have been assessed as being able to carry out a certain task or combination of tasks, both in theory and practice, to an established standard.
Although each trade encompasses different skills, in order to complete their apprenticeships, achieve the necessary competencies, and become fully-qualified tradespersons, all apprentices must be successful in both off-the-job and on-the-job training.
Off-the-job training provides the theoretical knowledge you'll need to use on the job. This knowledge is taught at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). You will attend courses at an RTO for between four and eight weeks during each year of your apprenticeship. Ergon Energy's Registered Training Organisation (RTO) code is 5235.
If you have to travel away from home to attend training, we'll arrange and pay for your travel and accommodation expenses. You'll still be able to come home every second weekend as well if you choose, and we'll also pay for those travel costs.
On-the-job training provides you with the chance to use the information learned at the RTO and put it into practice.
Throughout your apprenticeship you'll learn how to complete the competencies applicable to your trade and you'll be assessed on your ability to complete them to the required standard. To get the right on-the-job training, you may be required to travel to and work at Ergon Energy sites away from your normal home base for extended periods in your second, third and fourth years of training. In the same way, you may also be required to work with other host employers, such as external electrical contractors. In these cases, your travel and accommodation (if necessary) will be arranged and paid for you.
During your apprenticeship, you'll work with qualified tradespeople who will assist with your on-the-job training. Try to make the most of their skills and experience - the people you will be working with are experts in their trades and can help you learn your skills.
To help you complete your apprenticeship, we will also supply you with:
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) - helmets, hats, glasses, gloves, safety boots, etc
- Fully equipped tool kits
- Financial assistance for subject course fees and text books
- Living away from home allowance
- Employee Assistance Program - counseling and advice for dealing with personal concerns should they arise.