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Kingaroy’s Pacey Clegg is completing a boilermaking apprenticeship at Tarong Power Station
(Photo: Stanwell)

July 23, 2019

It’s that time of the year … Stanwell, Ergon and Energex are inviting applications for apprenticeships and traineeships at these government-owned enterprises.

Stanwell will be hosting an information session in Kingaroy next Monday (July 29) for people interested in applying for its 2020 Apprenticeship and Traineeship Program, which opened on Monday.

Tarong Power Station site manager Brad Perry said Tarong power stations will take on four new apprentices and four new trainees in 2020, including a dedicated Indigenous traineeship.

“Stanwell’s Apprentice and Trainee Program is a fantastic opportunity for school leavers and mature-aged candidates to gain a trade qualification and build a fulfilling career in the energy and mining industries,” Mr Perry said.

“At Stanwell, we have a proud history of supporting skills development across the region and creating entry-level employment opportunities in the energy and mining industries.

“At Stanwell, we employ a wide range of professionals in areas like engineering, safety, environment, finance, IT, geology and human resources, in addition to more traditional trade-based roles and mining operations.

“We appreciate the opportunity to share what we do and find our apprentices and trainees finish the program with a much stronger understanding of the variety of career paths that are available in the industry.”

The Stanwell information session will be held from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Kingaroy State High School Assembly Hall and will provide potential applicants with useful information about the roles available and the application process.

Attendees will also receive guidance about how to prepare applications.

There will be opportunities to talk to the group training organisation, MRAEL, Stanwell human resources staff and site representatives, some of whom previously completed an apprenticeship or traineeship with Stanwell.

Parents, students, teachers and other local applicants are encouraged to attend.

Applications from indigenous, mature-aged and female applicants are encouraged across all disciplines offered.

For information, contact Kaila Sutherland on (07) 3335-7298.

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Ergon Energy workers inspect power lines for damage at Coolabunia in the wake of last year’s storms

Ergon Energy and Energex are looking for nearly 100 of Queensland’s brightest aspiring apprentices, with recruitment under way for the early-2020 intake.

The corporations will have 95 new starters next January and February – 72 in Ergon Energy and 23 in Energex – including two in Hervey Bay and Maryborough and one each in the Kingaroy and Murgon depots.

“These roles represent opportunities for people to earn, learn and work in their own communities, so it’s no surprise that there is always enormous interest from local candidates,” Fraser Burnett area manager Nick Grant said.

“It’s a win all-round – local communities benefit from being able to retain local talent, it’s great for apprentices to be able to launch their electricity industry careers closer to home, and there’s that special sense of pride and commitment that comes of living and working in the communities that you serve.

“The other dynamic we see is candidates who are excited at the opportunity to relocate to a new location, often in a regional area, and they tend to build very strong connections and lives in these communities.”

Apprenticeships are available across a range of field and substation disciplines, including electricians, distribution and transmission linespersons, communications technicians and mechanical fitters.

These roles are in addition to 24 apprentices who will be starting their careers with Energex and Ergon later this month.

For more information or to apply for the 2020 intake, visit the Ergon or Energex websites. Applications close at 10:00pm on Monday, August 5.


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