Making commitment to the community
ERGON Energy is welcoming 68 new apprentices this year to depots across regional Queensland.
This includes 11 apprentices undertaking their initial training in Toowoomba before heading to their home depots in Dalby, Warwick, Stanthorpe, Roma and Charleville.
Among them is Stanthorpe's Nathan Shatte.
These apprentices will eventually be among the crews who keep the lights on, often working in challenging conditions to restore power after storms and severe weather events.
An Ergon Energy apprenticeship is more than a 9-to-5, Monday-to-Friday job - it's a commitment to the community and the start of a career.
Nathan Shatte is Ergon Energy's newest apprentice at the Stanthorpe Depot but the 37- year-old has plenty of familiar faces to help him settle into his change of career.
"I had a couple of mates at the depot who said I should apply for an Ergon apprenticeship,” Nathan said.
"Stanthorpe is home. I was born here and grew up here and have been here most of my life. I've worked at the Southern Downs Shire Council for the past 12 years as a concreter and the Ergon apprenticeship was a chance to get some new skills and give myself the start to a new career without having to move away.
"I've already had a few opportunities to go out on jobs and there's so much variety in what you have to do as a linesperson.”