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Energex’s Newest Recruits Take Up The Reigns

Photo: Rohan Messer (centre, Landsborough depot) with Maroochydore depot’s Callum MacMinn (left) and Zared Dohnt.

The Sunshine Coast’s newest electricity apprentices are kicking off their practical training in time for the summer storm season.

This week, three new recruits began their field training with Energex as apprentice electrotechnology electricians and distribution linespersons at the Maroochydore and Landsborough depots.

They’re part of a smaller regular mid-year recruitment which complements the main annual intake each January/February.

The new starters earned their roles through an extremely competitive process which attracted thousands of applicants.

The recent recruitment campaign for 95 apprentices to start with Energex and Ergon in early 2020 drew a similar response, with thousands of applications currently being assessed and shortlisted.

Energex’s Area Manager for the Sunshine Coast Peter Lougheed said a robust talent pipeline was critical to the continued delivery of a safe and reliable electricity supply.

“We go to a lot of effort to find Queensland’s best and brightest apprentices, and then we invest strongly in them to ensure we have an ongoing pool of highly-skilled people to build and maintain the substations and networks that keep our communities up and running,” he said.

“Electricity technology and community expectations have changed dramatically since I was an apprentice, and the apprentices who come through now are really at the forefront of this ongoing evolution. They’re an outstanding cohort of talent.”

More information about Energex apprenticeships can be found at energex.com.au/apprenticeships