Training powers on

COUNTRY Energy has continued its commitment to regional employment taking on 90 new apprentices across NSW, including eight recruits on the North Coast.

The apprentices are training to become powerline workers, kick-starting their careers by participating in a three-week induction program at one of Country Energy’s three dedicated training centres at Parkes, Grafton and Goulburn.

When the new recruits begin their careers later this month, Country Energy will have created more than 1010 apprentice positions since 2001 – making the energy provider one of the biggest regional employers of apprentices in NSW.

State Minister for Energy Paul Lynch said the company’s intake was a major boost to job prospects of young people living regionally.

“The apprentices all play an important part in the future of the industry,” Mr Lynch said.

“With the majority of the apprentices being locals, they really understand the environments they’ll work in, the communities they’ll provide service to and can appreciate the significance of a dependable energy supply in regional NSW.

“This pre-work induction instils in apprentices both the theory and practical components they need to be safe, active and productive members of their work teams from the very first day on the job.

“Taking up roles across 60 field service centres, these new Country Energy team members will become skilled tradespeople and will no doubt adopt and maintain the safety and customer service culture Country Energy prides itself on,” he said.

A Country Energy spokesperson said the electricity provider was working hard to attract more female and indigenous workers. New apprentices have been welcome at Ballina, Dorrigo, Forster, Kempsey, Kyogle, Lismore, Maclean and Nambucca Heads.

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