Energy networks recruiting for next generation

Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement The Honourable Mick de Brenni

Energy networks recruiting for next generation

Some of Australia’s most in-demand apprenticeships are up for grabs with publicly-owned electricity distributors Energex and Ergon Energy opening applications for their 2022 intake.

Recruitment has kicked off for 116 roles, including electrotechnology electricians, distribution linespersons, mechanical fitters and communication techs, under the Palaszczuk Government’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.

Energy Minister Mick de Brenni said the Class of 2022 will start their training in February, joining 460 apprentices already learning the ropes with Ergon and Energex.

“Because Queensland’s economic recovery is well underway, we need even more Queenslanders on the frontline maintaining our energy assets,” Mr de Brenni said.

“One of the great strengths of our publicly-owned network is that our government invests in the skills our communities need for a safe and reliable power supply.

“That creates decent, secure jobs for young Queenslanders.

“In the past 15 years, Ergon and Energex have trained more than 1,000 apprentices who today, continue to make an enormous contribution to the communities in which they live and work.

“The next cohort of apprentices will be entering the industry at a time of incredible change, and the world-class training they’ll receive with Energex and Ergon will put them at the forefront.”

“I’d encourage anyone interested in the electrical trade to apply for an apprenticeship,” said Electrical Trades Union (ETU) State Secretary Peter Ong.

“We’re facing a huge change in our industry here in Queensland and all over the world, looking to transition to renewables in the future, and these apprentices will get the opportunity to train and get qualified with this transition at the forefront.”

Forty percent of the roles will be based at Energex sites in South East Queensland, while the remaining 70 positions will be available at Ergon depots in regional areas of the state.

Mr de Brenni said the diversity of apprentice applicants has emerged as a highlight and key strength of the program.

“Our most recent intake included a mix of school leavers and mature-age starters, including former defence force personnel retraining for new civilian careers, First Nations people, and record interest from female applicants,” he said.

“If you’ve ever thought about a career in energy, head to the apprentice pages on the Ergon or Energex websites for details on requirements, locations and the application process.”

Applications close on Friday August 16.

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