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Ergon & Energex Hiring In Far North

L-R Apprentice Coordinator Chris Lowrey with 2019 Cairns apprentices Chantel Dealy, Kymberley Volpe, Reuben Allison, Brett Messina, Aron Ritchie, Brandon John and Connor Pavey.  Image Supplied 

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

The Queensland-owned electricity distributors will welcome 95 new starters next January and February, with network and substation roles on offer across the state, including a dozen in Far North Queensland.

Ergon is recruiting six apprentices in Cairns and one apprenticeship is on offer at each of the following depots: Atherton, Georgetown, Mareeba, Mossman, Ravenshoe, Thursday Island.

As with previous campaigns, it is expected that these will again prove to be some of Queensland’s most in-demand apprenticeships.

“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,” Tropical Coast Area Manager Mitch Wyper 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.”

Mr Wyper said he also expected to see a continuation of the trend towards a broader applicant pool.

“We’ve had a strong focus on encouraging diversity of age, gender and background, and this is translating into interest from a broader group of very high-calibre candidates and a workforce that really reflects our communities. I’m excited to see who throws their hat into the ring this year.”

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

Ergon’s 72 apprenticeships span Torres Strait to the Granite Belt. Energex will recruit 23 new apprentices for depots across south-east Queensland.

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 10pm on Monday, August 5.