Switched-on Highlanders make Ergon's final cut
ERGON Energy has welcomed one of its largest apprentice intakes with 72 new recruits, including some from Emerald, Springsure and Middlemount starting work this week.
Service Delivery Central general manager Steve Leighton said it was a wonderful achievement for the organisation, which remained strongly committed to training the workforce of tomorrow.
"The apprentices were chosen from more than 2000 applicants for the sought-after positions," Mr Leighton said.
"They will be based at more than 30 locations across Queensland, from Thursday Island in the north, south to Stanthorpe and west to Cloncurry.
"The apprenticeships we offer each year reflect the changing needs of our 4600-strong workforce.
"The 2012 apprenticeships include communications technicians, distribution linespersons, systems electricians, a transmission linesperson, mechanical fitter and boiler maker."
Mr Leighton said of this year's intake of apprentices, 20 had been allocated to the Central Region at Rockhampton, Mackay, Gladstone, Miriam Vale, Moura, Emerald, Springsure, Middlemount and Yeppoon.
Ergon Energy welcomed this year's intake of apprentices, 12 of them women, at inductions held in Townsville, Rockhampton and Brisbane.
Mr Leighton said the number of women undertaking trades with Ergon Energy had grown in recent years, as had the number of indigenous apprentices.
"We're working hard to be an employer which reflects the diversity of the communities we serve," he said.
Mr Leighton said the new intake included a mix of mature-aged apprentices and teenagers straight from school.