Secondary systems paraprofessional Stewart Dorante from our Mackay operations and Charters Towers-based linesperson Kane Almond are finalists for the prestigious Queensland Training Awards Apprentice of the Year titles for their respective regions.

Kane completed a Certificate III in ESI Power Systems – Distribution Overhead, while Stewart holds a Certificate III in Electrotechnology.

Both completed their qualifications as part of their apprenticeships with Ergon, a program recognised as one of the best in the industry.  In previous years, Ergon has produced regional winners and national training award winners, a run of success that Distribution GM Operational Support Jeff Green said was all about attracting the best talent in the first place.

“It starts with the calibre of people we attract and recruit – it’s an exhaustive and competitive process which means we secure the very best talent, with the initiative and drive to truly take advantage of the opportunity in front of them,” Jeff said.

“Then there’s the army of people who work with each apprentice to help them be the best that they can be – the mentors, trainers, colleagues, safety advisors and experienced staff. Finally, it’s up to each individual to really dig deep. We have all of those elements in place, and it shines through in the quality of our apprentices.”

Kane will compete against graduate apprentices from Wilmar Sugar and Paragon Gardens at the North Queensland titles.

Stewart’s competition for the top award for Central Queensland comes from Gladstone Power Station and Mackay Regional Council.

All regional winners will be announced next month, and will progress to the state finals in Brisbane.