Ergon Energy will have a strong focus on employing locals when they recruit the next generation of power industry field and substation crews through an apprenticeship recruitment campaign.
General Manager Operational Support Jeff Green said Ergon and Energex were offering 100 positions at 47 locations across the state, including 12 new roles in South West Queensland.
Mr Green said five apprentices would be selected to start with Ergon in Toowoomba early in 2019, along with two in Dalby and one each in Warwick, Stanthorpe, Chinchilla, Roma and Charleville.
â€œMost apprenticeships are offered to local people so they can develop their skills while remaining in the community with their family and friends,â€ he said.
Mr Green said this yearâ€™s recruitment campaign would again aim to produce a diverse range of successful applicants, including greater proportions of women and candidates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.
â€œThe network businesses have a strong focus on being representative of the communities they serve, so I encourage people of all backgrounds, whether they are soon to complete Year 12 or are mature-aged, to consider applying for this great opportunity to learn a valuable trade,â€ he said.
Mr Green said the apprenticeship intake demonstrated Ergon and Energexâ€™s commitment to ensuring they had the front-line staff required now and into the future to deliver a safe and reliable electricity supply to customers.
â€œThe importance of having a highly trained workforce is evident from our response to natural disasters right across the state, when hundreds of crews work to restore power to communities impacted by cyclones, storms and floods,â€ he said.
â€œMost of the crews working in those situations began their careers in the industry as apprentices, just like next yearâ€™s intake will, and the value and reliance the community places on their work is clear for all to see.â€
Apprenticeships available vary by location and include electronics and communications technician, distribution linesperson, transmission linesperson, cable jointer, mechanical trade (diesel fitting) and electrician.
For more information or to apply, visit the Ergon website. Applications close at 11pm on Monday, August 20.
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