Transgrid records highest intake of female graduates

Transgrid apprentice Lucia McLoughney wearing safety glasses and high-vis gear in workshop setting (female transgrid)
2022 Transgrid apprentice Lucia McLoughney (Image: Transgrid)

This year, Transgrid has recorded the highest intake of women for its award-winning Graduate Program, with 20 female participants representing 54% of the class.

The energy leaders of the future have joined taken up new roles at Transgrid, with more than 50 apprentices and graduates starting work to help enable the country’s renewable energy transition.

Transgrid welcomed its 2024 intake with 37 new graduates and 18 new apprentices taking up their posts at locations across the 13,000km network including Newcastle, Orange, Tamworth, Ultimo, Wagga Wagga, Wallgrove (Eastern Creek) and Yass.

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Hayley Hewson, 17, from Canberra, has joined Transgrid as a first-year apprentice electrical substation technician based at Yass.

Hewson was a Year 11 student when she enrolled in Transgrid’s pre-apprenticeship program for women last year.

“After spending a week at Transgrid it was pretty obvious they are focused on encouraging women not just into trades but giving them opportunities for promotion in other parts of the business,” she said.

Large group of Transgrid apprentices and graduates pose for photo wearing high-vis workwear in conference room
Transgrid’s 2024 apprentices and graduates

“I have always been interested in the electrical industry and maths. I’m also keen to play a part in the renewable energy transition and help to make the world better.”

Graduate Program participants undertake a two-year program learning from leading experts, contributing to nation-critical projects, and developing professional skills to turbocharge their careers.

It combines on-the-job learning and formal training, with graduates rotating through different placements in areas including engineering, construction, IT, finance, legal and communications.

Apprentices will develop highly technical skills and carry out work on transmission projects crucial to Australia’s clean energy future in positions including electrical substation technician, transmission lines technician, and electronics and communication technician.

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Transgrid has been recognised as a Graduates’ Top 100 Employer by Prosple, an international job platform for university students, ranking 1st in the energy and utilities sector and 76th overall in Australia.

For the first time ever, Transgrid has featured in the Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE) Top Graduate Employers list, coming 1st in its industry and 2nd in its intake size (medium).

Applications for Transgrid’s 2025 Graduate Program are open until March 31.

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