TRANSGRID is calling for apprentices across the state and has put no limit on the amount they are willing to take on at its Tamworth depot, following a huge amount of interest and success last year.
The company has opened applications for its 2022 apprenticeships program, and will base people at their substations in Tamworth, Eastern Creek, Newcastle, Orange, Wagga Wagga and Yass.
However, the amount it takes on in any given location is dependent on the quality of applications it receives, and in the past Tamworth has blown recruiters away with the amount of interest and qualifications on offer.
Quirindi's Ethan Tolmie is a first year apprentice with TransGrid, having come out of the Clontarf Academy, and said it has been a great experience so far.
"It's awesome, I really love it, everyone has been so kind and it's such a diverse workforce with everyone from different backgrounds," he said.
"For me it's opened up a whole range of opportunities, especially when it comes to understanding tools and how to use them, even learning how to do some DIY tasks around my own home safely.
"Above that there is also knowing that we're working to keep the lights on and maintaining substations, it's pretty phenomenal really to see the big impact that has for our local community."
TransGrid education program coordinator Glen Davis is overseeing the scheme.
He said it is rewarding on a personal level, having started his journey as an apprentice back in 1993.
Mr Davis believes it's a fantastic time to jump on board, with the nation's energy sector booming.
"During the pandemic last year we received thousands of applications for the 2021 program and we anticipate a similar level of interest for our next intake," he said
"It's a really exciting time to be working in the energy sector and our apprentices will have the opportunity to work on significant infrastructure projects that will shape the future of Australia."
Applications for the 2022 Apprenticeships Program close on August 27.
To apply or find more information, you can visit the TransGrid website.
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