850 ap­pren­tices in 10 years

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Alexis Gill­ham

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.’’

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