Recruitment process

There are six steps in the apprentice recruitment process.

Step 1: Application form & resume

Your first step in the process is to complete an application online. You'll also need to submit a resume, a copy of your latest school results/highest education, provide details of previous work experience and referees, and answer some behavioural questions. Application forms will be available only between the specified recruitment drive dates. Please note that applications for our 2016 intake have closed.

We use behavioural questions to ensure that we evaluate each applicant fairly. Your responses to these questions help us to choose the applicants we believe would be most suitable for the jobs. This process ensures that each applicant is assessed on a level playing field.

Responses to these questions are a major tool used throughout the recruitment process to short-list candidates. So, ensure you put effort into these responses.

Step 2: Testing day / assessment centre

The next stage in the process, for those who are successful, is to be invited to attend a testing day/assessment centre in a regional centre such as Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Maryborough or Toowoomba (dependent on numbers and locations).

The day is broken down into two stages.

Stage 1 – Online testing is undertaken to verify your results detailed in the application form.
(approximately 1 ½ hours)

  • Employment mathematics
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Colour perception wire assessment
  • Manual dexterity assessment

There's no need to study for these tests. Practice tests are available by searching online if you would like to refresh your skills or use the practice test.  These tests measure your abilities as they relate to the role of an electrical industry technical employee. Results will be kept confidential and will not be provided to applicants once completed.

If you are successful at stage 1 you will be invited to remain for stage 2. Unfortunately, not all attendees will necessarily be successful at this stage. We will assess your results and inform you whether or not you will be required to remain for stage 2 shortly after your testing is complete.

Stage 2 – Team activities
(approximately 2½ hours)

This stage involves undertaking two assessed team activities. You will also hear from our vocational programs group and the recruiting managers about what you can expect as an Ergon Energy apprentice. This is a great opportunity to ask as many questions as you like about being an Ergon Energy apprentice, studies, travel or the recruitment process.

Step 3: Ergon Energy panel interview

If you are successful to the next stage, you'll be contacted by email to attend an Ergon Energy Panel interview. The panel will have representatives from Vocational Programs and the relevant work group with which you would work.

Interview questions will be behaviourally based and your responses should include relevant examples that outline demonstrated ability and/or experience.

Step 4: Reference checking

You will be asked to provide us with the names and contact details of two referees who can tell us about your school and/or work performance and experience, as part of your initial application. With your permission, we'll speak to these people about your performance as it relates to the position.

Step 5: Pre-employment medical

At this stage, you'll also be asked to complete a pre-employment medical examination with one of our preferred doctors. This medical will ensure that you are fit for the work for which you have applied, in addition to ensuring Ergon Energy does not place you in an unsafe environment due to any possible medical condition that you may have.

Final Step: Appointment

If you're successful, we'll phone you and offer you the apprenticeship confirming your start date, followed by an electronic offer. When you start, you'll complete our induction program to help you become more familiar with our organisation. Once that's completed, your apprenticeship training will truly begin.

If you would like more information about our apprenticeship program, check out our frequently asked questions, email us at recruitment@ergon.com.au or call our Careers Hotline on 1800 656 810.

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