Ergon on the lookout for Far North Qld’s brightest sparks

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Ergon's 2016 apprentices

Queensland’s publicly owned energy distributor is on the hunt for the brightest sparks in Far North Queensland with applications for apprenticeships now open.

Speaking at the Ergon depot in Cairns, Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said up to eight apprenticeships would be on offer at depots across Far North Queensland.

Because of Queensland’s strong health response to COVID-19, we have been able to action Queensland’s plan for economic recovery,” he said.

“Central to that plan is a safe, reliable energy supply to business and industry backed by our publicly owned energy assets, including Ergon.”

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“We’re also supporting young Queenslanders into jobs through apprenticeships.”

Some of the apprentice positions available include electrotechnology electricians, linespersons and underground cable jointers.

Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said the apprentices of today are joining the electricity industry at an exciting time.

“People know that Far North Queensland is a powerhouse of renewable energy with nearly 5000 rooftops with solar in my electorate of Barron River alone,” Mr Crawford said.

“These are the next generation of energy workers who will have the skills to support Queensland’s ongoing transition to a renewable future.”

Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the roles were a chance for aspiring tradespeople to learn, earn and serve in their local communities.

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“The next batch of apprentices will be among the crews who keep the lights on, often working in challenging conditions to restore power after storms and cyclones,” Mr Healy said.

“This year has really driven home the importance of having world-class skills and resources within our own communities, and that’s what these apprenticeships offer.

“An apprenticeship with these companies is more than a pathway to an energy career: it also means you’re part of a team that’s trusted and respected by our communities, doing work that makes a real difference.”

A total of 86 apprentices will be welcomed across 41 Ergon and Energex depots from Far North Queensland to the Gold Coast and west to Mount Isa and Longreach.

Successful applicants will undertake training for an initial four-week block in early 2021 before heading to their home depots to begin their careers in the field.

Applications close on Tuesday, September 8.