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Apprenticeships on offer in regional Queensland

Published: 7 Aug 2015 9:04am

Potential recruits for Ergon Energy's next generation of power industry field and substation crews can now apply for an apprenticeship beginning early in 2016.

Chief Executive Ian McLeod said Ergon was adopting a new approach to recruiting apprentices by calling for expressions of interest across all of its depots in regional Queensland.

Mr McLeod said next year's intake would increase from this year's recruitment of 61 apprentices.

"Our apprenticeships are mostly offered to local people so they can develop their skills while remaining in the community with their family and friends," he said.

"We think calling for expressions of interest across the state, rather than for specific depots, will give us a great insight into what talent is out there, and where it is, and this could be useful in shaping our final intake decisions for 2016 and beyond."

Mr McLeod said the apprenticeships were a great opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn an in-demand trade.

"The apprenticeships we offer each year reflect the changing needs of our workforce, and we have a strong focus on diversity and being representative of the communities we serve," he said.

"Each year we employ a mix of school-leavers, mature age applicants, people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent and we have a strong focus on female candidates.

"We will meet our diversity targets this year by appointing the best candidates for any depot where a position is available, rather than by reserving specific positions at designated depots."

Apprenticeships are available in a range of trades – communications technician, distribution linesperson, transmission linesperson, mechanical fitter and electrotechnology electrician.

Several apprenticeships will be offered in conjunction with Diploma or Associate Degree courses to ensure the apprentices complete their training with the skills required for the future.

Mr McLeod said Ergon Energy traditionally received in excess of 2000 applications for its annual apprenticeship intake.

"The strong interest in our apprenticeships is testament to the strength of our program and also to the reputation of the company as a preferred place to train and work in regional Queensland," he said.

Mr McLeod said another advantage of the new approach was that it would streamline the process from application to selection and successful candidates being offered a position by November.

Expressions of interest close on August 16. For more information, visit ergon.com.au, contact the Ergon Energy Careers Team on 1800 656 810 or email recruitment@ergon.com.au.

Media Contact: Rod Rehbein
Phone: 4153 9813 or 0407 031 072

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