Infrastructure services business invests in power industry apprentices

Fourteen power industry apprentices recently commenced induction with Lend Lease’s infrastructure services business in Melbourne, representing a significant expansion of the company’s power industry apprenticeship program.

Managing director David Marchant said investing in new tradespeople is important to the ongoing success of Lend Lease’s power business.

“Over recent months, we have been speaking with clients in Victoria about their pipeline of work, which includes significant maintenance and network expansion tasks,” Mr Marchant said.

“This large intake of apprentices will help Lend Lease meet the continuing growth in demand from our clients over the coming years.

“Investing in training new apprentices is particularly critical in the Australian power industry, where there is a growing shortfall of skilled tradespeople.”

The 2012 intake of apprentices will be mentored by experienced personnel based at the Richmond, Ferntree Gully, Geelong, Ardeer and Port Melbourne power depots of Lend Lease’s infrastructure services business.

The four-year program will see 10 apprentices qualify as line workers, two as meter technicians and two as electrical fitters.

The 14 apprentices being inducted will join the 25 apprentices currently undertaking training in the power business.