READY TO LEARN: Seven South Burnett locals kick-start their career in the energy industry at Tarong Power Station.
READY TO LEARN: Seven South Burnett locals kick-start their career in the energy industry at Tarong Power Station. Contributed

Burnett apprentices get chance in their own backyard

AN INCREASING number of women are getting their start as apprentices and trainees in the South Burnett.

This year, four women will hone their skills at Tarong Power Station alongside three male recruits.

"It's great to see the increasing number of women join the site, committed to learning new skills, and taking on a demanding role in a traditionally male dominated industry,” Tarong Power Station's acting site manager Michael Joy said.

This month Meandu Mine will also welcome two South Burnett apprentices and one trainee.

The new recruits will develop skills in fields such as electrical instrumentation, mechanical, material handling and processing, and business administration working towards a nationally recognised trade certificate.

"We are delighted to welcome the new apprentices and trainees to our site, with local employment remaining a key focus for our business,” Joy said.

The structured learning program will be complemented by practical on the job training, alongside qualified trades people and mentors.

"It's an exciting time to be entering the energy industry, with plenty of change ahead. This is set to provide many valuable on-the-job learning opportunities,” Mr Joy said. 

"They have signed up for a role that will be challenging, but it will also be very rewarding,”

"As they develop the skills of their trade, they will play a part in helping to ensure a reliable and secure supply of energy to regional Queensland,” he said.     

The apprentice and trainee program is designed to complement Stanwell's community involvement strategies and commitment to attract and develop emerging talent.

In partnership with Group Training Organisations, Stanwell provides opportunities for apprentices and trainees to develop a broad range of technical and professional skills.

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