Distributor celebrates a century of apprenticeships

EnergyAustralia is celebrating 100 years of training apprentices in NSW with the arrival of another 151 apprentices.

The utility is the largest single employer of apprentices in NSW with more than 600 apprentices now in training.

The class of 2010 was selected from 3000 applicants to help EnergyAustralia deliver its record $8 billion investment in the electricity network.

EnergyAustralia managing director, George Maltabarow welcomed the 151 new apprentices to the apprentice program.

“These talented individuals follow in the footsteps of some four thousand apprentices who have trained and worked with EnergyAustralia over the past 100 years,” Mr Maltabarow said.

“We’re proud to offer these new recruits world-class learning facilities and industry-best training.

“Each of our new apprentices will play a role in helping EnergyAustralia deliver the biggest investment our electricity network has ever seen.

“They will be employed on the frontline working to serve local communities in Sydney, Central Coast and the Hunter during storms and on major electricity projects.”

EnergyAustralia has recruited more than 1000 apprentices since 2003.

The 2010 apprentice intake includes 73 electrical mechanics, 54 lineworkers, 22 cable jointers and two motor mechanics. Apprentice ages range from 16 to 51 years, with 10 graduates from EnergyAustralia’s Indigenous Pre-apprentice Program.

Apprentices are currently trained at EnergyAustralia facilities in Silverwater, Meadowbank, Wallsend and Muswellbrook and study at TAFE schools in Sydney, Newcastle, Central Coast and the Hunter Valley.