Ergon notes week till deadline for apprenticeship intake

POTENTIAL recruits for Ergon Energy's next generation of power industry field and substation crews have only until Sunday, September 28, to apply for an apprenticeship beginning early in 2015.

Chief executive Ian McLeod said 66 positions were being offered at 28 centres from Thursday Island to Quilpie and were expected to be among the most keenly sought apprenticeships in regional Queensland.

Mr McLeod said this year's intake would include a position for a distribution powerline apprentice at the Warwick depot.

He said the apprenticeships were a great opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn a valuable trade.

"These apprenticeships are mostly offered to local people so they can develop their skills while remaining in the community with their family and friends," he said.

"The apprenticeships we offer each year reflect the changing needs of our workforce, and we have a strong focus on diversity and being representative of the communities we serve.

"Seven of the apprenticeships are targeted for applicants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent and another seven for female candidates.

"We traditionally exceed our targets because we also encourage ATSI and female candidates to apply for roles at other locations as well."

Apprenticeships are available in a range of trades - communications technician, distribution linesperson, transmission linesperson and electrotechnology electrician.

Several of the apprenticeships will be offered in conjunction with diploma or associate degree courses to ensure the apprentices complete their training with the skills required for the future.

Mr McLeod said Ergon Energy traditionally received more than 2000 applications for its annual apprenticeship intake.

"The strong interest in our apprenticeships is testament to the strength of our program and also to the reputation of the company as a preferred place to train and work in regional Queensland," he said.

A small number of the apprenticeships are available for current Ergon staff who aim to move into these roles to improve their career prospects.

For more information, visit, contact the Ergon Energy Careers Team on 1800 656 810 or email recruitment@ergon.