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

    Ergon Energy welcomes 85 apprentices to state-wide network

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

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    Ergon Energy welcomes 85 apprentices to state-wide network

    Ergon Energy has welcomed its 2016 intake of apprentice technicians, linespeople and systems electricians at a series of regional induction events across the state.

    At Ergon Energy’s Garbutt depot in Townsville today, Treasurer Curtis Pitt welcomed 19 new apprentices from the Herbert area at the start of their week-long induction process.

    “It was an honour to welcome the new recruits as they start their journey on a new career path,” Mr Pitt said.

    “This is great news for employment across the state, with Ergon Energy conducting similar induction programs in Cairns, Mackay, Maryborough, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Brisbane.

    “Around 60,400 jobs have been created in Queensland since the election and this Government’s focus will remain squarely on seeing the positive employment story continue, especially in North Queensland and other regional areas.

    “Many of the recruits will work and train in their home towns, meaning they will be gaining valuable skills in a trade while continuing to contribute to their local community.”

    Ergon Energy’s Garbutt depot is one of the $315 million in projects brought forward as one of the Queensland Government’s Accelerated Works Project.

    Mr Pitt said when the $42.5 million Stage 2 upgrade gets underway it will support 60 jobs in Townsville.

    “2016 is going to be an exciting year for Queensland’s energy sector with the merged Ergon-Energex company expected to be in place halfway through this year,” he said.

    “We are building an energy business for the future and it will be the largest power company in Australia with over $24 billion dollars in assets, driving jobs across regional Queensland.

    “The merged company will be headquartered in Townsville and will remove duplication in areas like administration, shared services, boards, management and corporate costs.”

    There will be no forced redundancies and frontline staff will continue to deliver network services in their respective regions.

    Energy Minister Mark Bailey also met with apprentices in Mackay today and said that following their induction and initial training in Townsville, they would return to their home depots in 40 locations across Queensland, from Thursday Island to Quilpie.

    “I’d like to congratulate the 2016 inductees for their success in attaining a position with Ergon from a quality field of approximately 2,200 applicants and wished them a rewarding career,” Mr Bailey said.

    “The apprentices come from a diverse range of backgrounds, including 8 Indigenous applicants, and 17 females breaking into the traditionally male-dominated roles and good proportion of mature-age candidates, as well as school-leavers.

    “Some of the new recruits will embark on tertiary studies for either an associate degree or advanced diploma qualification while undertaking their usual apprenticeship training.”

    The apprentice intake includes six current employees from around the state who had successfully sought an apprenticeship to further their careers.


    Treasurer’s Contact:  0419 945 546

    Ergon Contact: 0428 227 941