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Meet our apprentices

Wondering if we could be the place to start your career or make your next career move to?  There’s no better way to find out whether an apprenticeship could be right for you than to hear what life is like as an apprentice from the apprentices and their coordinators.

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I grew up in a little town called Glenden for the past 10 years.  Umm…went from years 3 – 12, graduated last year. Started working since I was 14.

Wasn’t really sure exactly what I wanted to do growing up and then I saw this ad on Facebook one day for the role of Electrical Apprentice.

Currently I’m a First Year Electrician. We rotate through groups, so at the moment I’m in Stat Testing where we test all the equipment to make sure it’s safe for use, so no injuries or harm to anyone or hazards are going to arise.

What I enjoy most about this apprenticeship is how we get to travel because, um, I’m someone who loves travelling and always going to new places and trying out new things whereas I never wanted a job where I was at one location at a desk or just one warehouse all day, every day doing the same things. Whereas this job every day I come to work and we do new things.

You’re working with tradies who have learnt things from about 40 years’ experience so you learn a lot from them.

This is a great opportunity if you want to learn as well as earn money because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and I wasn’t keen on getting a HECS debt and not using a degree for anything.

So the advice that I want to give to people that are wanting to apply for apprenticeships and anything from Transmissions Lines, Linies or just EFMs …. Just go for it ‘cause you never know if you’re going to get in or not.  I didn’t.

I wasn’t 100% confident but it just shows when you put your right foot forward and you give it all you’ve got …yeah, if you’re passionate about it and you want to work in this industry, definitely recommend it…like it’s amazing.

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My current role is an Apprentice Electrical Fitter Mechanic and I’m also doing the Associate Degree as well – Electrical and Electronics.

I previously completed a Bachelor Degree in Accountancy. I thought that’s where I wanted to go at the time.  Well I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I finished school, so I completed my degree and then a few years out of my time… I was not really happy with the work I was doing and I moved cities.

I moved up to Townsville from Brisbane just for a sea changed, to get away from the busy lifestyle and the apprenticeship came up and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try something new that I would actually enjoy doing.

So I’m very happy that I’ve made the decision to change careers and do something that I enjoy doing.

I think the thing that I enjoy most is that you’re out and about, you’re doing different tasks, so it’s a good variety of work that we’re involved in and the apprenticeship lets you see all the different sides of Ergon.

Being female, one of the challenges I thought I was going to face was just the strength side.  Yeah, I thought that would be a hard thing to manage, but, um, Ergon has processes in place and equipment so it’s not really a big issue that you don’t have the strength to do something.  There’s always something there can help you and also your team mates are there, cause you’re working in a team and you’re working together to get the job done.

I would recommend anyone to do the apprenticeship. I found that the support and what Ergon provides is great. With an Associate Degree they pay for all my text books and study leave and I’m going to end up with a Degree and an apprenticeship at the end so, it’s really good…(laughs).

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I am the Apprentice Program Leader. I look after all the apprentices in the Flinders and Pioneer region.

I have now worked with the apprentice program for the last 14 years, I really enjoy working with the apprentices and it gives me a lot of satisfaction.

So, I get to see new, fresh-faced young people coming to our industry and grow in skills and knowledge throughout their apprenticeship, turn out to be very qualified and skilled tradespeople.

Our apprentices are always working as part of a team. They have a great support network in that team environment, the Work Group Leaders, the Supervising Tradesmen, the Apprentice Coordinators or the Apprentice Program Leaders…we’re all there to provide support all the way through the apprenticeship and make sure it’s an easy transition from not knowing much within our industry to gaining the skills and knowledge to become a qualified tradesperson.

If you’re a highly motivated person that wants to learn in a company like ours…it’s a very safe environment, very team orientated …this is probably one of the best places to learn your trade and you’ll get a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment out of being an apprentice with Energy Queensland.

My current role is the Apprentice Coordinator for the Gold Coast area and I look after areas south of Brisbane as well.  I love the outdoors and I love being able to get out and spend time with the apprentices in their actual work environment.

There’s no better feeling, when we see an apprentice come through the recruitment and watch them grow into the tradesman after four years …there’s no better reward than that.

Love giving everyone the same opportunities throughout the business, whether they’re a school leaver or mature aged, those opportunities are there for everyone and to be a part of that, it brings great satisfaction.

The best thing about an apprenticeship with Energy Queensland is that you’re going to get paid to learn, you’re going to get to use the best tools and the best equipment and you’re going to spend time in the best training facilities in the state.

The future and the success of our business is all based around teamwork so you’ll be an important member of that team, so as part of a team, I guess we all build on each other’s knowledge, and we all work together to keep each other safe ‘cause at the end of the day we all want to go home safe.

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