Ergon welcomes 85 apprentices

Published: 12 Feb 2016 11:40am

QUEENSLAND'S future energy professionals are getting their first taste of the electricity industry, with 85 apprentices signing on to Ergon Energy in 2016.

Ergon is welcoming the new guard with inductions at seven centres across the state - Maryborough, Townsville, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Cairns, Mackay and Brisbane.

Once they have completed their inductions and initial training, the apprentices will return to their home depots in 40 locations, from Thursday Island to Charleville.

Acting Chief Executive Roslyn Baker said this year’s intake continued Ergon Energy’s commitment to training the workforce of tomorrow.

“It’s vital that we continue to teach and pass on the front-line expertise and skills now and into the future to deliver a safe, reliable and affordable electricity supply to customers. This apprenticeship intake demonstrates that commitment,” she said.

“Most of our crews throughout the state begin their careers in the industry as apprentices, just like this year’s intake, and the value and reliance the community places on their work soon become apparent – especially in times of natural disasters.

“Almost twelve months ago we saw the importance of having a highly trained workforce when our company responded to Cyclone Marcia,” Ms Baker said.

More than 900 field staff from Ergon and other agencies worked for almost a fortnight to restore power to about 65,000 customers in early 2015.

The 85 outstanding recruits were selected from around 2200 applicants. They also represent Queensland's great diversity and include eight Indigenous apprentices and 17 females breaking into the traditionally male-dominated roles, with a combination of school leavers and mature-aged applicants.

They will train as communications technicians, distribution linespersons, systems electricians and transmission linespersons. Some will embark on tertiary studies for either an associate degree or advanced diploma qualification while undertaking their usual apprenticeship training. The group also includes six current employees who have successfully sought an apprenticeship to further their careers.

“The newest recruits will gain skills such as communications technicians, distribution linespersons, systems electricians and transmission linespersons,” Ms Baker said.

“Some of the new recruits will embark on tertiary studies for either an associate degree or advanced diploma qualification while undertaking their usual apprenticeship training. We wish them the best of success as we welcome them into our workforce.”

There are a number and variety of positions across Ergon’s regions. (Eds, please note relevant media contacts);

  • 13 positions in Tropical North operating area: 1 Atherton, 5 Cairns, 1 Cooktown, 1 Georgetown, 1 Innisfail, 1 Mareeba, 1 Normanton, 1 Thursday Island, 1 Ravenshoe. 
    Media contact is Mark Timmerman: P 07 4432 8731  or mark.timmerman@ergon.com.au
  • 13 positions in the Pioneer operating area: 1 Barcaldine, 1 Clermont, 9 Mackay, 1 Pinnacle, 1 Winton. 
    Media contact is Mark Timmerman: P 07 4432 8731 or mark.timmerman@ergon.com.au  
  • 18 positions in our Fitzroy operating area: 1 Biloela, 2 Gladstone, 1 Middlemount, 1 Miriam vale, 8 11 Rockhampton, 1 Springsure, 1 Yeppoon. 
    Media contact is Mark Timmerman: P 07 4432 8731 or mark.timmerman@ergon.com.au 
  • 19 positions in our Herbert operating area:  1 Bowen, 2 Charters Towers, 1 Hughenden, 1 Ingham, 1 Mt Isa, 1 Proserpine, 11 Townsville, 1 Tully.
    Media contact is Jamie Rule: P 07 4432 8743 or jamie.rule@ergon.com.au
  • 9 positions in the Fraser Burnett operating area: 2 Bundaberg, 2 Hervey Bay, 1 Kilkivan, 3 Maryborough, 1 Mundubbera.
    Media contact is Rod Rehbein: P 07 4153 9813 or rod.rehbein@ergon.com.au
  • 13 positions in the Greater Downs area of operations: 1 Charleville, 2 Dalby, 1 Millmerran, 2 Roma, 1 St George, 6 Toowoomba.
    Media contact is Rod Rehbein: P 07 4153 9813 or rod.rehbein@ergon.com.au

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