Endeavour Energy has welcomed 20 new apprentices to its workforce, and in an industry first, half are female.
New South Wales Minister for Energy Don Harwin said women made up half of the successful apprentice intake following a highly competitive selection process.
“It’s great to see Endeavour Energy is committed to promoting job opportunities in non-traditional roles and building diversity across its workforce,” he said.
“These new apprentices will help roll out the network needed to power the biggest coordinated land release in NSW’s history.
“Greater Western Sydney is already home to one in every 11 Australians, with its population projected to reach three million by 2036.
“With one of the fastest growing economies in Australia, we need a new generation of enthusiastic tradespeople to power this region for many years to come.”
Endeavour Energy’s CEO Tony Narvaez said he was delighted to welcome these talented men and women after a five-year lull in Endeavour Energy’s apprentice program.
“This is a significant investment in job creation by our Board and we’re excited about the calibre and talent our new recruits bring to Endeavour,” he said.
“We’re committed to encouraging diversity, so it’s especially rewarding to see this record number of female apprentices embark on a four-year training program.”
The new recruits will be based at Endeavour Energy’s Technical Training Centre at Hoxton Park, one of the most modern electrical training facilities in the state.
Subject to meeting strict performance criteria, they will graduate after four years with a Certificate III Electro technology electrician qualification.
This nationally recognised qualification will equip them to work flexibly across transmission and distribution roles.
Endeavour Energy’s last intake of apprentices was in 2014.