A century of apprenticeships

February 2010

Ausgrid is celebrating 100 years of training apprentices in NSW.

And the tradition continues with the arrival of another 151 bright sparks in 2010.

More than 4000 apprentices have started a career with Ausgrid over the past century.

The long list of apprentice graduates includes former Premier of NSW Barrie Unsworth and Australian International Olympic Committee member and three-time Olympian Phil Coles.

Today, more than 600 apprentices are employed with Ausgrid making the company the largest single employer of apprentices in NSW.

The apprentice class of 2010 was selected from 3000 applicants to help deliver the biggest ever investment in the electricity network. 

Photo of Ausgrid apprentices training in Newcastle.

Ausgrid apprentices training in Newcastle.

Ausgrid Managing Director George Maltabarow said the new apprentices would work on state-of-the-art infrastructure projects including Ausgrid’s smart grid, before graduating as nationally qualified tradespeople.

“Ausgrid has a long and proud tradition of training the workforce of tomorrow,” Mr Maltabarow said.

“These new apprentices will help us roll-out the latest in renewable energy infrastructure as part of our capital works program.

“They will also work on the frontline alongside our experienced crews helping the community during storms and emergency responses.

“We’re proud to offer these new recruits world-class learning facilities and industry-best training.”

The 151 new apprentices starting with Ausgrid include 73 electrical mechanics, 54 lineworkers, 22 cable jointers, two motor mechanics.

The class of 2010 also includes 10 graduates of Ausgrid’s Indigenous Pre-apprentice Program.

Ausgrid apprentices are currently trained at facilities in Silverwater, Meadowbank, Wallsend and Muswellbrook and study at TAFE schools in Sydney, Newcastle, Central Coast and the Hunter Valley.