READY TO LEARN: Stanwell TPS apprentices ready to learn on the job. (Photo: Stanwell)
READY TO LEARN: Stanwell TPS apprentices ready to learn on the job. (Photo: Stanwell)

Tarong’s latest recruits charge forward to new career

TARONG Power Station welcomed in eight new apprentices and trainees this week.

Stanwell General Manager of generation Brad Perry said the apprentice and trainee program is designed to complement Stanwell's community involvement strategies and commitment to attract and develop emerging talent. 

"With a 34 year plus history, Tarong power stations have been developing its people are providing a learning ground to grow and make the most of the opportunities and experiences provided," Mr Perry said. 

"The apprenticeship and traineeship program provides structured opportunities for participants to develop their skills in line with industry training standards.

"Our apprentices and trainees have the opportunity to learn from some of the industries most experienced and knowledgeable people." 

Mechanical fitter apprentice Adam Nightingale and apprentice trainer Scooter Young at Tarong Power Station. (Photo: Contributed)
Mechanical fitter apprentice Adam Nightingale and apprentice trainer Scooter Young at Tarong Power Station. (Photo: Contributed)

The apprentices and trainees join a total of 14 beginning their careers across Stanwell Corporation, with the additional six apprentices and trainees placed at Stanwell Power Station. 

This group is one of the largest apprentice and trainee intakes at Stanwell and is made up of eight apprentices and six ful-time trainees, who will undertake various roles, including electrical instrumentation, mechanical fitting and turning, warehousing operations, laboratory techniques and business. 

"Dependent on their discipline, apprentices and trainees may also have the opportunity to access a number of internal and external rotations to maximise their practical experience, within Stanwell's portfolio," Mr Perry said. 

"We are committed to strengthening Queensland's workforce, and will continue to facilitate the upskilling of the regions in which we operate."

Maryjoy Johnson learning new skills as an electrical Instrumentation apprentice at Tarong Power Station. (Photo: Contributed)
Maryjoy Johnson learning new skills as an electrical Instrumentation apprentice at Tarong Power Station. (Photo: Contributed)

Energy minister Anthony Lynham said the new recruits were among more than 100 apprentices statewide starting their careers with the state's publicly owned electricity companies.

"All of these recruits are on the path to a great career in a critical and exciting industry with publicly-owned employers," he said.

"This is Queensland's next generation of skilled and valuable energy workers," Mr Lynham said.

Electrical Instrumentation apprentice Erin Newman on the job at the Tarong Power station. (Photo: Contributed)
Electrical Instrumentation apprentice Erin Newman on the job at the Tarong Power station. (Photo: Contributed)

Ergon Energy has also taken on an apprentice in Kingaroy.