New Ergon apprentices energised
ERGON Energy has welcomed its 2013 apprentice intake with 58 recruits and nine technical trainees embarking on their new careers.
The recruits, including Michael Watt at the Warwick depot, have been inducted in Brisbane after delays due to the flooding caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald.
Chief executive Ian McLeod said this year's intake continues Ergon Energy's commitment to training the workforce of tomorrow while balancing stakeholder and customer expectations in what was a challenging and ever-evolving energy distribution landscape.
"Our latest recruits join Ergon Energy as it maintains a keen focus on operating efficiently to deliver a safe, reliable and affordable electricity supply to customers," Mr McLeod said.
The apprentices were chosen from more than 2330 applicants, and will be based at more than 20 locations across Queensland - from Cairns in the north, south to Stanthorpe and west to Mt Isa.
Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark McArdle welcomed the latest employees to the industry.
"I would like to congratulate this year's apprentices and trainees for their success in attaining a position with Ergon Energy in 2013, and wish them a rewarding career," Mr McArdle said.
The newest recruits will gain skills such as communications technicians, distribution linespersons, systems electricians and transmission linespersons.
In a first for Ergon Energy, 11 of the new recruits will embark on tertiary studies for either an associate degree or associate diploma qualification while undertaking their usual apprenticeship training.
Ten of the 58-strong intake are current employees and the new intake of male and female apprentices reflects a broad spectrum and includes indigenous, school-leavers and mature-aged applicants.