ERGON Energy has announced two new apprentices joining the team in the North Burnett, with Monto recruit Matt Brown and Biggenden recruit Ryan Briskey training in Rockhampton and Maryborough.
The 76 new apprentices, including 14 women, are being welcomed at inductions in Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Maryborough and Toowoomba as they embark on a career in one of the state's publicly owned electricity businesses.
Ergon Energy spokesman for the Wide Bay Burnett Rod Rehbein said the apprentices could look forward to a challenging but rewarding future, working with a highly valued, publicly owned business.
"A trades apprenticeship is an excellent foundation in understanding the electricity industry and some of Ergon's executives and senior managers started their careers as apprentices,” he said.
Mr Rehbein said the people of regional and rural Queensland relied on Ergon crews to continue to enjoy a world-class, safe and reliable electricity supply.
"It's the job of Ergon crews to keep the lights on and they often work in atrocious conditions to restore power after storms and cyclones,” Mr Rehbein said.
Energy Minister Anthony Lynham was in Townsville this week to welcome the 22apprentices doing their initial training in Townsville.
Communities Minister and Member for Mundingburra Coralee O'Rourke said apprenticeships offered an ideal opportunity for women to earn while learning.
"It's great to see the increasing number of women committing to a demanding but rewarding career in a traditionally male-dominated industry,” she said.
Energy Queensland chief executive officer David Smales said the 2018 intake continued Ergon'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 and reliable electricity supply to customers,” he said.
"Most of our crews throughout the state began 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 becomes apparent to them - especially in times of natural disasters.”
The new apprentices will train as a communications technician, distribution linesperson, transmission linesperson, mechanical trade (diesel fitting) or electrician.
The 76 Ergon apprentices take the total apprentice cohort across the state's publicly owned electricity businesses to 110.
Once the recruits have completed their training, the apprentices will return to their home depots from Warwick to Mossman and Quilpie to Normanton.
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