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    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    CS Energy powers-up local jobs

    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Monday, February 01, 2016

    CS Energy powers-up local jobs

    CS Energy will continue its current training program through 2016, with 18 new apprenticeships and traineeships to come online this year for local men and women at its Callide Power Station near Biloela in Central Queensland.

    Treasurer Curtis Pitt said this was great news for employment in the region.

    “Around 60,400 jobs have been created in Queensland since the election and my focus will remain squarely on seeing this positive economic story continue in regions like Gladstone," Mr Pitt said.

    “Labor has promised to get more Queenslanders back to work and we’re doing that through our $240 million Skilling Queenslanders for Work over the next four years, $34 million to rescue TAFE in the wake of the LNP’s cuts and $2 million for the Queensland Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow program.”

    The Treasurer today met with award-winning power station apprentice, Matthew Russell, at Gladstone Area Group Apprentices and Limited’s (GAGAL) training rooms.

    “Matthew is a shining example of this talent, winning GAGAL’s apprentice of the year after completing his training at CS Energy’s Callide Power Station,” Mr Pitt said.

    “I commend CS Energy for their longstanding association with GAGAL which has provided countless local men and women with a start to their careers in the state’s power industry over the last.”

    Callide Power Station General Manager Roy Powell said seven apprentices, including five adult apprentices, started at the power station this month.

    “We’re proud to support skills development in Central Queensland and foster the careers of the next generation of the power industry workers like Matthew,” Roy said.

    “Since completing his Certificate III in Electrical and Instrumentation last year, Matthew has been employed as a Level 1 Technician at the power station, which involves maintaining and calibrating electrical equipment.”

    “It’s a role where Matthew says he regularly gets to apply his love of ‘fixing things’.

    Mr Russell said it was a real honour to win the award.

    “I’ve been lucky to learn on the job from a wide range of people and made some good friends here over the last few years,” he said.

    GAGAL CEO, Leigh Zimmerlie said CS Energy provided expert ‘on the job’ training for GAGAL apprentices.

    “Through our partnerships with regional employers like CS Energy, we are able to continue to play a vital and active role by developing and offering training and skills programs that meet the needs of industry in our growing region,” Ms Zimmerlie said.


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