New apprentices start at coal-fired power stations

coal-fired AGL Liddell
Liddell Power Station

AGL’s coal-fired Liddell and Bayswater power stations have welcomed five new apprentices this year, with three women amongst the new recruits.

With hard hats in hand and steel-capped boots in tow, the new apprentices are ready to go and were selected from a pool of just under 1000.

AGL’s chief operating officer and executive sponsor of AGL Equality, Markus Brokhof, said it was great to welcome new recruits to the two coal-powered sites.

“I am always proud to see the next generation of young AGL employees get started and have the opportunity to build a rewarding career in this dynamic and changing industry,” Mr Brokhof said.

“This year, across our coal generation sites, we are also seeing more women choose to take on a trade in energy.

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“At AGL we are committed to improving equality across the business and I hope to see more women consider this field in the years to come.

“We value diversity and inclusion and are on the lookout for new talent across all walks of life.

“No matter their gender or background, each and every apprentice at AGL is given the opportunity to learn and develop the skills needed to foster successful careers.”

This year’s apprentices will be developing skills in electrical and mechanical trades, through AGL’s award-winning apprentice program.

AGL mechanical apprentice, Brooke Risby said she is proud to be an apprentice at AGL and celebrate her new chosen career.

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“My experience in my apprenticeship with AGL has been second to none,” Ms Risby said.

“I already feel in the past five weeks I’ve grown so much in my capabilities and understanding of my trade and others. I’m looking forward to the next four years with AGL.”

AGL electrical apprentice, Kristen Cox, said the apprenticeship was helping her to develop capabilities in a range of areas.

“Since starting my apprenticeship, I’ve attended the Mining and Energy Skills course which has been beneficial for my confidence regarding tools, workshop awareness and safety within the industry,” Ms Cox said.

“I’m enjoying the different trade classes each day, especially the trades which I am not completing.”  

AGL apprenticeships range from three to four years, providing a toolbox of skills for budding apprentices.