Local young people considering a career in the power industry can again get apprenticeships at Stanwell Power Station (SPS), near Rockhampton, with four new apprentices to be taken on next year.
SPS Site Manager Brad Perry said SPS would take on two mechanical and two electrical apprentices for 2015 after it cancelled its 2014 intake.
Local young people who have just left high school will be given preference for the power station training roles.
“SPS suspended its 2014 apprenticeship intake due to difficult business conditions for power stations, however, we are pleased to restore these opportunities to some extent for 2015,” Brad Perry said.
“Stanwell knows the Rockhampton community wants its young people to have access to local apprenticeships and traineeships.
“These opportunities are especially important for young people who want to stay living locally.”
The new Stanwell apprenticeships will be advertised in August this year, to begin in January/February in 2015.
Altogether, 10 new apprentices and trainees will join 33 existing apprentices and trainees at power stations owned by Stanwell Corporation Limited (Stanwell) throughout Queensland.
Stanwell Power Station already has 11 existing apprentices and trainees.
Stanwell is able to take on the new apprentices due to slightly more favourable conditions in the power generation industry.
However, Stanwell will continue to assess its workforce requirements on an annual basis and requirements for apprentices and trainees will be a key part of that process.
“Stanwell apprentices get some of the best training in Queensland and Australia, including being trained to the highest safety standards,” Brad Perry said.
“Stanwell training gives a great start a young person’s career,” he said.
Stanwell will announce in August how young people can apply for the apprenticeships and traineeships.