850 apprentices in 10 years
HE’S worked as a pastry chef, a baker and a miner, but when Clinton Spry first worked with an electrician, it was like a light bulb was turned on.
That was several years ago a nd now t he Normanton father is one of Ergon Energy’s newest apprentices.
A total of 61 new apprentices will start with the electrical distributor this month.
They will be based in regional towns from Thursday Island to Roma.
Mr Spry, 38, contributed to a significant company milestone this week – the induc- tion of 850 apprentices in 10 years.
‘‘ I had been a trades assistant for an electrician a couple of years ago and really liked it,’’ he said.
Ergon Energy chief executive Ian McLeod said the company had a mix of matureaged apprentices and teenagers straight from school.
‘‘ There is currently a recogn i s e d s k i l l s h o r t a g e i n Queensland for all electrical and fabrication skill areas and we have focused our recruitment this year on ensuring we are appropriately skilled for the task ahead,’’ he said.
‘‘ To reflect this, the six apprenticeships being offered this year are systems elect r i c i a n s , c o mmunicat i o n s technicians, mechanical fitters, sheet metal workers, electrical transmission linespersons and electrical powerline linespersons.
‘‘ Our 61 new recruits were chosen from more than 2500 people vying for these positions, which is a great reflection on how sought-after an apprenticeship with Ergon Energy is.’’