Kym lands dream job as Ergon recruits 60+ apprentices
FINISHING high school, Kym Anderson chose university even though she didn't think it would lead to her dream career.
Now at 30, after working in several different fields, Kym has finally started that dream job.
Kym grew up in Mount Isa, moving to Brisbane to study history and political science, before working in the compliance and audit sector.
It was the chance to move home for a role in the aviation industry which convinced Kym it was time to tackle a new career.
Kym moved to Rockhampton, arriving just days after Cyclone Marcia hit.
After years applying for positions, Kym is now on track to achieving her goals as one of 18 new apprentices at Ergon Energy.
Of this intake, 11 will work in Rockhampton this year.
"For a very long time I've wanted to get a trade behind me," she said.
"Going through high school quite a few years ago women weren't really encouraged to take on trades, but at 30 I've decided I'm going to give it one last shot and I was very lucky to get the chance.
"It's a dream come true for me."
Given she was up against people fresh out of high school, Kym said she was "elated" to be accepted into the program.
Kym is one of three girls in the 2017 intake, something she was proud to see.
"It's really nice to see there are girls who are taking interest in these trades and not afraid to get their hands dirty," she said.
In Rockhampton for the State Government cabinet meeting, Energy Minister Mark Bailey said the Rockhampton crew were part of a 65-strong intake across Queensland.
"The 65 new recruits represent Queensland's great diversity and include five Indigenous apprentices and six females breaking into the traditionally male-dominated roles," Mr Bailey said.
"While the majority of new apprentices are school-leavers, about a third are aged 21 or older.
"The group also includes seven current employees who have successfully sought an apprenticeship to further their careers."
Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne said apprentices would train as communication technicians, distribution linespersons, electrotechnology electricians and transmission linespersons.
Ergon Rockhampton are currently recruiting Customer Care Representatives to work in their call centre.
Ergon have staff across two sites, one in Rockhampton and the other in Townsville, who manage nearly 1,000,000 customer phone calls and 35,000 emails annually.
These queries extend from move in/move out to billing questions and available products.
The CSC employs approximately 250 people who complete a variety of roles in a fast-paced, dynamic and supportive environment.
The different teams include our front line Customer Care Representatives, Business Service Representatives and Team Leaders.
Ergon are currently seeking self-motivated and enthusiastic Customer Care Representatives, who share their passion for delivering excellent customer service to join their award winning Contact Centres based in Rockhampton and Townsville.
To apply, click here.