The class of 2019 … a bunch of apprentices and trainees are joining the workforce at the Tarong Power Station and Meandu Mine as part of Stanwell’s annual recruitment process (Photo: Stanwell)

February 12, 2019

Seven South Burnett locals are honing their skills as apprentices and trainees after joining the Tarong Power Stations team recently.

Stanwell’s nearby Meandu Mine, which is operated by Downer Mining, will also be welcoming two apprentices and one trainee in early February.

The new recruits will develop skills in fields such as electrical instrumentation, mechanical engineering, material handling and processing, and business administration over the next one to four years to gain a nationally recognised trade certificate.

Tarong acting site manager Michael Joy said the successful applicants would get first-hand experience in maintaining one of Queensland’s largest power stations.

“We are delighted to welcome the new apprentices and trainees to our site, with local employment remaining a key focus for our business,” he said.

“It’s also great to see the increasing number of women – who make up four of the new recruits – join the site, committed to learning new skills, and taking on a demanding role in a traditionally male-dominated industry.”

The recruits’ structured learning program will be complemented by practical on-the-job training, alongside qualified tradespeople and mentors.

“It’s an exciting time to be entering the energy industry, with plenty of change ahead,” Mr Joy said.

“This is set to provide many valuable on-the-job learning opportunities.

“They have signed up for a role that will be challenging, but it will also be very rewarding.

“As they develop the skills of their trade, they will play a part in helping to ensure a reliable and secure supply of energy to regional Queensland.”

Stanwell provides opportunities for apprentices and trainees to develop a broad range of technical and professional skills in partnership with Group Training Organisations.

Tarong Power Station’s apprentices and trainees join a total of 13 new apprentices and trainees welcomed across Stanwell’s operations in Queensland.

The 2019 intake brings Stanwell’s apprentice and trainee numbers up to 43 across the State.

Stanwell recruits for apprentices and trainees every year. More information is available on Stanwell’s website


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