Four female apprentices have started new careers in the energy industry at EnergyAustralia’s Yallourn power station in the Latrobe Valley.
EnergyAustralia said more than 85 women applied to train as electricians and fitters at the plant, which supplies around 20 per cent of Victoria’s energy demand.
A fifth female apprentice will join the group in 2018 after completing her Victorian Education Certificate.
The appointments reflect EnergyAustralia’s commitment to diversity and equal opportunity.
Last year, managing director Catherine Tanna committed to boosting the representation of women at the company’s generation assets.
Shortly afterwards, EnergyAustralia advertised for applications from women to fill five apprenticeships and five trainee-operator roles at the Yallourn power station.
“There’s never been a more important time to be in energy,” Ms Tanna said.
“We think the industry is a great place to work – it’s fundamentally good and important for the wellbeing of families and businesses around the country.
“The great reaction to our recruitment campaign tells us there are a lot of women out there who feel the same way.
“That’s why on International Women’s Day in 2016 I made a commitment: before I hand over EnergyAustralia to someone else, we will have women operators at our power stations.”
Head of human resources – energy Rebecca Fraser said it was the first intake of female apprentices since EnergyAustralia was formed around a decade ago.
The new apprentices – Sara Stanvi, Harmony Moran, Carmel Jenkinson and Quinn Lynch – are Latrobe Valley locals.
“The skills the women will learn in their four-year apprenticeship will set them up for a long and rewarding career,” Ms Fraser said.
“When they graduate, they’ll be qualified to work inside and outside the industry – but of course we hope they’ll be with us for a long time to come.”
The apprentices will join a workforce of 500 at Yallourn providing reliable and affordable energy to thousands of Victorian families and businesses.