One of the region's major power stations has invested in skills for the future by adding eight new apprentices to its workforce.
Three electrical and five mechanical apprentices commenced at Origin Energy's Eraring Power Station in January.
The students will undergo initial training at the Ausgrid Apprentice Training Centre and TAFE NSW before returning to Eraring in July.
This will increase the number of apprentices at Eraring Power Station to 26, in a total workforce of 375. The new group includes three Origin employees reskilling for a new career path and a School Based Apprentice Trainee.
Manager Eraring Power Station Operations, Jeff Hogan said a key component of the Station's workforce strategy is investing in training and education.
“Up to 20 per cent of the state's electricity can be produced at Eraring Power Station. Training is integral in establishing Eraring Power Station as an industry leading generation business providing safe and reliable cost-effective electricity,” Jeff said.
“It is imperative for any organisation to ensure all staff, particularly new workers, are trained and competent to undertake tasks assigned safely.
“We are always seeking to improve our methods and processes in terms of safety, efficiency, quality and environmental impact. All staff, including apprentices, are encouraged to put forward innovative solutions to help us set the benchmark in energy production.”
Image | Eraring Power Station 2014 Apprentices: Dean Hansen, Sophie McDevitt, Brad Norton, Kyle Thompson, Matthew Bench, James Purcival, Deklan Flanigan and Mitchell McFadyen