Ergon recruiting next gen of apprentices

Ergon's 2016 apprentices

Ergon Energy and Energex are looking for nearly 100 of Queensland’s brightest aspiring apprentices, with recruitment underway for the early-2020 intake.

The Queensland-owned electricity distributors will welcome 95 new starters next January and February, with network and substation roles on offer across the state, including 72 in regional Queensland. 

As with previous campaigns, it is expected that these will again prove to be some of Queensland’s most in-demand apprenticeships.

General Manager Operational Services Jeff Green said, “These roles represent opportunities for people to earn, learn and work in their own communities, so it’s no surprise that there is always enormous interest from local candidates.

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“It’s a win all-round – local communities benefit from being able to retain local talent, it’s great for apprentices to be able to launch their electricity industry careers closer to home, and there’s that special sense of pride and commitment that comes of living and working in the communities that you serve.

“The other dynamic we see is candidates who are excited at the opportunity to relocate to a new location, often in a regional area, and they tend to build very strong connections and lives in these communities.”

Mr Green said he also expected to see a continuation of the trend towards a broader applicant pool.

“We’ve had a strong focus on encouraging diversity of age, gender and background, and this is translating into interest from a broader group of very high-calibre candidates and a workforce that really reflects our communities,” he said.

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“I’m excited to see who throws their hat into the ring this year.”

Apprenticeships are available across a range of field and substation disciplines, including electricians, distribution and transmission linespersons, communications technicians and mechanical fitters.

Ergon’s 72 apprenticeships span Torres Strait to the Granite Belt – see regional breakdown of numbers and locations below. Energex will recruit 23 new apprentices for depots across South East Queensland.

These roles are in addition to 24 apprentices who will be starting their careers with Energex and Ergon next week. For more information or to apply for the 2020 intake, visit the Ergon or Energex websites. Applications close at 10pm on Monday, August 5.

Darling Downs & Granite Belt (9) Toowoomba 4
  Millmerran 1
  Dalby 1
  Charleville 1
  Warwick 1
  Stanthorpe 1
South West Qld (2) Roma 1
  Charleville 1
Wide Bay / Burnett (10) Bundaberg 5
  Kingaroy 1
  Kilkivan 1
  Murgon 1
  Monto 1
  Mundubbera 1
Fraser Coast (3) Maryborough 2
  Hervey Bay 1
Capricornia Coast (10) Rockhampton 7
  Gladstone 2
  Miriam Vale 1
Central Highlands/Central West (5) Emerald 1
  Blackall 1
  Barcaldine 1
  Longreach 1
  Winton 1
Pioneer/Whitsunday (6) Mackay 3
  Proserpine 1
  Sarina 1
  Pinnacle 1
Nth Qld (11) Townsville 8
  Home Hill 2
  Ingham 1
North West Qld (3) Mt Isa 1
  Julia Creek 1
  Richmond 1
Far North Qld & Tableland (11) Cairns 6
  Innisfail 1
  Mossman 1
  Atherton 1
  Mareeba 1
  Ravenshoe 1
Gulf & Torres Strait (2) Georgetown 1
  Thursday Island 1