2015 Ergon Rockhampton apprentices Samuel Leeder, Zoe Simpson, Jessica McKenty Joshua Hegarty, Jeffrey Conaghan, Jay Pope, Jeramiah Barney, Brock Bradshaw.
2015 Ergon Rockhampton apprentices Samuel Leeder, Zoe Simpson, Jessica McKenty Joshua Hegarty, Jeffrey Conaghan, Jay Pope, Jeramiah Barney, Brock Bradshaw. Contributed

Ergon shakes up 2016 apprentice intake

ERGON Energy is electrifying their apprentice recruitment by calling for expressions of interest across all of its depots in regional Queensland.

Chief Executive Ian McLeod said next year's intake would increase from this year's recruitment of 61 apprentices.

"Our apprenticeships are mostly offered to local people so they can develop their skills while remaining in the community with their family and friends," he said.

"We think calling for expressions of interest across the state, rather than for specific depots, will give us a great insight into what talent is out there, and where it is, and this could be useful in shaping our final intake decisions for 2016 and beyond."

Mr McLeod said the apprenticeships were a great opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn an in-demand trade.

"The apprenticeships we offer each year reflect the changing needs of our workforce, and we have a strong focus on diversity and being representative of the communities we serve," he said.

"Each year we employ a mix of school-leavers, mature age applicants, people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent and we have a strong focus on female candidates."

Apprenticeships are available in a range of trades; communications technician, distribution linesperson, transmission linesperson, mechanical fitter and electrotechnology electrician.