In January 2019, 16 new apprentices will join the Ausgrid team, the start of a four-year apprenticeship to take on a new role as an Electrical Network Technician, attaining Certificate III in Electrotechnology on successful completion of their apprenticeship.
Our apprentices are part of our future, as we get ready for the changes ahead in the energy industry. Apprentice training is intentionally broad, covering traditional fields as well as new technologies such as automation and renewables. As part of a fully-rounded program, apprentices and trainees will also build professional development skills that will help them to grow and evolve their career, now and into the future.
Each apprentice will have a mentor from our very experienced field team, ensuring the valuable skills and knowledge of our people are passed on to our newest recruits. Together with their training, this will ensure our apprentices are safe from day one, when they start at depots in Sydney CBD, Homebush, Ourimbah, Oatley, Zetland and Wallsend in early February.
The quality and level of interest from a diverse range of candidates has been outstanding and we’re pleased that ten of the new Bright Spark apprentices are women, three are indigenous and we also have five mature age apprentices who are changing careers. Some of the new apprentices recently met CEO Richard Gross and other executive leaders at our Artarmon depot, giving them a sneak peek at the environment they’ll be joining in 2019.