Queensland Minister for Energy Anthony Lynham
Energy Queensland Boosting Regional Employment
Victor P Taffa
More than 5,000 applications were received for 235 apprentice, specialist, technical and trade positions with Energex and Ergon, the majority of which will be based in the regions.
“Energy Queensland (the parent company of Ergon and Energex) employs more than 7,000 people across the state with around half living and working in the regions.” Minister for Energy Anthony Lynham said.
“This is the sort of skill investment that reflects the Palaszczuk Government’s focus on regional jobs. It means people can pursue fantastic electrical career opportunities in Queensland’s in regional and rural communities, as well as our larger major cities.”
“From Toowoomba to Townsville and dozens of towns in between, employees are ensuring a safe and reliable supply for Queenslanders.” Minister Lynham said.
“In Townsville alone, where Energy Queensland has its headquarters, more than 10 % or 800 employees are based.”
Minister Lynham said Ergon Energy and Energex were offering 140 new specialist, technical and trade jobs throughout the state in the coming months.
These new positions are in addition to the 127 new apprentices who started with the networks this year.
There is more good news on the jobs front from Ergon and Energex, as there are another 95 apprentices due to start on the tools early next year.
140 new jobs include positions for 60 qualified engineers, network controllers and designers plus 80 qualified trade roles.
60 technical and engineering roles will overwhelmingly be regionally located in Rockhampton, Cairns, Townsville, Maryborough and Toowoomba, with 2 positions specified for Brisbane. Other major regional locations can also be considered for these roles.