ON THE JOB: Ergon's new Kingaroy apprentice Darcy Beresford.
ON THE JOB: Ergon's new Kingaroy apprentice Darcy Beresford. Contributed

Ergon energises new Kingaroy apprentice

A KINGAROY man has been taken on as one of Ergon Energy's apprentices for 2017.

Darcy Beresford, an apprentice electrotechnology electrician, is one of 65 new apprentices for the energy provider.

He is currently doing initial training in Maryborough and will soon join his workmates at the Kingaroy depot.

Energy Queensland chief operating officer Roslyn Baker said Darcy was chosen from among 2400 applicants.

"It's vital that we continue to teach and pass on the front-line expertise and skills now and into the future to deliver a safe and reliable electricity supply to customers,” Ms Baker said.

"Most of our crews throughout the state began their careers in the industry as apprentices and the value and reliance the community places on their work soon becomes apparent to them - especially in times of natural disasters.

"An apprenticeship with Ergon is more than a 9-to-5, Monday-to-Friday job - it's a commitment to the community.

"As they learn the skills of their trades, they will be responsible for helping to ensure the people of regional and rural Queensland continue to enjoy a reliable electricity supply.”

Ms Baker said the new apprentices would train as communications technicians, distribution linespersons, electrotechnology electricians and transmission linespersons.

"While the majority of new apprentices are school-leavers, about a third are aged 21 or older. The group also includes seven employees who have successfully sought an apprenticeship to further their careers,” she said.

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