Numbers up for Ergon's hopefuls
THE LURE of an apprenticeship with Ergon Energy is stronger than ever this year with 120 people vying for just one position in Hervey Bay.
In Maryborough, 168 applications were received for four apprenticeships and 23 hopefuls had applied for one job in Kilkivan, according to an Ergon spokesperson.
A record number of more than 2500 applications for 63 apprenticeships in 38 locations across Queensland were received by Ergon.
General manager operations southern Paul Jordon said the total number of applications was up 600 on the previous year.
“This is an excellent result and shows just how sought-after an apprenticeship with Ergon is,” he said.
“This year, we have attracted strong interest from both mature candidates as well as school leavers.
“We have also had a record number of female applicants, which is encouraging.”
Mr Jordon said offers to successful candidates would be made in the coming weeks, with the new apprentices to start in February 2011.
He said apprentices were a vital component of Ergon's workforce and were essential for ensuring the business had the right skills for the future.
“The hard work is now under way to sift through the applications to fill the 63 positions,” Mr Jordon said.
He said the types of trades being recruited included systems electricians, communications technicians, mechanical fitters, sheet metal workers, electrical transmission linespersons and electrical powerline linespersons.
Mr Jordon said Ergon's apprenticeship program had a completion rate of 98 per cent and there were currently more than 290 apprentices within the 4500-strong workforce.
“This not only demonstrates the commitment Ergon has to the apprenticeship program but also the quality of the program we offer,” he said.