New Ergon Energy apprentice at Emerald, Levi Dotti (2nd right), is welcomed by Katrina Mitchener, Steve Leighton and Ryan Clare.
New Ergon Energy apprentice at Emerald, Levi Dotti (2nd right), is welcomed by Katrina Mitchener, Steve Leighton and Ryan Clare.

Ergon reaches milestone

ERGON Energy reached a significant milestone this month, inducting the organisation’s 850th apprentice in 10 years.

Sixty-one new apprentices will start with the electrical distributor in March, based in regional towns from Thursday Island to Roma. Ten will start work in Central Queensland locations including Emerald, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Monto, Biloela and Moura.

Ergon Energy chief executive Ian McLeod said this was a wonderful achievement for the organisation, which remained strongly committed to training the workforce of tomorrow.

Since 2002, Ergon Energy has turned out over 550 qualified tradespersons.

“There is currently a recognised skill shortage in Queensland for all electrical and fabrication skill areas and we have focused our recruitment this year on ensuring we are appropriately skilled for the task ahead,” Mr McLeod said.

“Our 61 new recruits were chosen from more than 2500 people vying for these positions, which is a great reflection on how sought-after an apprenticeship with Ergon Energy is. .

“Many of these recruits will be from, and based in, the smaller towns of regional Queensland including Biloela, Chinchilla, Kilkivan, Quilpie and Tully.

“This means they won’t have to leave their homes to find work and they can gain valuable skills in a good, solid trade.

“We also have a good mix of mature-aged apprentices and teenagers straight from school.”


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