New Ergon apprentice Michael Page (centre) with other Ergon apprentices undertaking induction training.
New Ergon apprentice Michael Page (centre) with other Ergon apprentices undertaking induction training. Chris Ison

Ergon introduces apprentices

APPRENTICE Michael Page took his first steps towards an electrical trade yesterday.

At 17, Michael was the youngest of the 21 apprentices inducted into Ergon Energy at a ceremony in Rockhampton yesterday.

Fresh out of Year 11 and having just moved from Bundaberg with his parents, Michael is looking forward to his work as a transmission linesman.

“(I’m interested in the job) for the outdoor work, teamwork and being part of a great organisation,” he said.

Three separate ceremonies were held in Townsville, Rockhampton and Brisbane yesterday to welcome 71 new apprentices to the company.

Michael was encouraged to apply for a position after completing work experience and now he is looking forward to starting work.

“I hope to become a tradesman and be successful in my trade. I’m guessing that’s what we’re all hoping to do,” he said.

Michael will work on theory until the end of next month, when he will get the chance to gain some practical experience.

Ergon Energy general manager operations Steve Leighton said the apprentices were joining an industry in which skilled tradespeople were in high demand.

“They represent the best quality applicants from a large and highly impressive pool of potential employees,” he said.

Mr Leighton said the new apprentices would learn the specialised skills to work on the electricity network.

“As a result we have taken the deliberate decision in recent years to increase our apprenticeship program, particularly to target selected job categories that are vital to achieving our long-term goals.”

Across Rockhampton, specialty jobs continue to be in high demand.

A local labour hire company spokesman said while some businesses might struggle to find specialty positions, from their perspective, labourer and operator jobs were often sought and filled.

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