Ausgrid’s pre-apprenticeship program will expand into the Hunter region this year as part of a commitment to training the next generation of Indigenous workers.
The Indigenous Pre-Apprenticeship Program has trained more than 60 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students since it opened its doors in 2005.
This year, Ausgrid aims to train 30 pre-apprentices at its Sydney and Hunter training centres.
The tailor-made program offers Indigenous students hands-on work-experience and additional tutoring in the literacy and numeracy skills needed to gain an apprenticeship with Ausgrid.
Pre-apprentices spend four days a week studying at TAFE in a full-time course that runs for 10 weeks.
Students also spend one day a week on work experience at Ausgrid’s apprentice training centres in Silverwater, Meadowbank and Wallsend.
Ausgrid worked with Sydney TAFE Institute to help build the program to increase the number of Indigenous apprentices graduating from its ranks.
To date, almost 90 per cent of Indigenous workers who begin their apprenticeship with Ausgrid graduate to full-time work.
This year, 10 pre-apprentice graduates joined another 140 apprentices at Ausgrid’s apprenticeship program.
Ausgrid is the largest single employer of apprentices in NSW and attracts about 3000 apprentice applicants every year.
The expansion of Ausgrid’s Pre-apprenticeship Program will ensure Indigenous students continue to develop into highly skilled, valued, long term employees at Ausgrid.