Hitting heights for a career
WHEN Krystyna Uebel scales her first power pole as an Ergon Energy apprentice, she'll be reaching new heights on more than one level.
The Middlemount 18-year-old is among the first batch of female lines workers to be employed by the company.
Yesterday Ergon revealed Krystyna and three other women had been appointed to the role statewide, one which had traditionally been male-dominated.
In total the company welcomed 20 new apprentices in the Central Region.
Although it's a relatively uncommon profession for a woman at this stage, Krystyna said she didn't understand why more girls weren't putting their hands up to be linespeople.
"I'm not sure why girls don't want to do it; it could be the heights. It's also a pretty tough job. But I've never been afraid of either, so it will be fine for me," she said. Krystyna has spent two years trying to break into the industry, which included narrowly missing out on a position at the mines.
"I've always wanted to work in the electrical field, so I am very glad I have this opportunity," she said.
Ergon's service delivery general manager for the region, Steve Leighton, said many of the company's recruits hailed from, and would continue to be based in the smaller towns of regional Queensland including Gayndah, Hughenden, Millmerran, Moura, Middlemount, Mundubbera, Murgon, Springsure and Thursday Island.
"This means they won't have to leave their homes to find work and they can gain valuable skills in a good, solid trade," Mr Leighton said.
He said the apprentices chosen were a diverse mix of people which included indigenous and mature-aged apprentices.