One of the largest ever investments in local ‘liney’ apprenticeships

26 February, 2023

CitiPower and Powercor have recruited a near-record number of apprentices and trainees as part of their annual program, with 34 recruits starting at 12 locations in central, northern and western Victoria as well as metropolitan Melbourne.

The intake of apprentice line workers, underground cable jointers, designers, testers, electrical fitters and substation electricians includes four women – the largest ever intake of female apprentices in a year.

The new roles are based at Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong, Shepparton, Kyneton, Warrnambool, Colac, Mildura, Horsham, Maryborough, Burnley and Ardeer.

Head of Field Services Ross Young said the significant recruitment was an example of the importance CitiPower and Powercor placed in developing its own workforce.

“We’re really proud to recruit such a large contingent of apprentices and trainees this year,” Ross said.

“It’s a very busy time for our networks and we’re seeing enormous change, we’ve got very large maintenance and major projects programs, we’re seeing significant customer connections growth and we’re delivering a once in a generation transformation of the energy system.”

The recruits range in age from 17 to 35, with some joining straight from high school while others have begun a second career after working as an electrician, forklift driver, plumber and carpenter.

Ross said the recruits were chosen from a field of 850 after undergoing an intensive selection process.

“The majority of our field workforce would have come through the apprentice or trainee ranks at one point,” Ross said.

“By being part of our field teams, they will be on the frontline of operations – playing a major role in integrating renewables into the network, building stronger infrastructure and providing critical responses during major weather events.”

CitiPower and Powercor’s apprenticeship program is also the only opportunity in Victoria for apprentice line workers to start with a network business directly.

Since 2001, CitiPower and Powercor has recruited almost 500 apprentices and trainees as we build our trades, technical and operational workforce.

“Thank you to all who applied and we encourage those who were not successful this time, to consider applying again next year,” Ross said.

A breakdown of apprentices and trainees, their roles and locations are listed below:

Name Role Depot
Fletcher Harris Apprentice lineworker Ardeer
Brandon Scott Apprentice lineworker Ardeer
Daniel Agius Apprentice electrical fitter Ardeer
Amelia De Lane Apprentice electrical fitter Ardeer
Nicholas Quedley Apprentice cable jointer Ardeer
Matthew Simpson Apprentice lineworker Ballarat
Nicholas Kattula Trainee electrical tester Ballarat
Thomas Pearson Trainee designer Ballarat
Tim Maggs Apprentice lineworker Bendigo
Brent Abbott Apprentice electrical fitter Bendigo
Daniel Cahill Trainee electrical tester Bendigo
Sarah Wirges Trainee designer Bendigo
Demetri Petropoulos Apprentice lineworker Burnley
Nikki Stobie Apprentice lineworker Burnley
Maisarah Ghazali-Wilson Apprentice electrical fitter Burnley
Lily Blandford Apprentice electrical fitter Burnley
Haiden Clark Trainee electrical tester Burnley
Declan Brown Apprentice lineworker Colac
Alistair Johnson Apprentice lineworker Colac
Zac Herman Apprentice lineworker Geelong
Jesse King Apprentice cable jointer Geelong
Lachlan Demasi Trainee designer Geelong
Rhys Barber Apprentice lineworker Horsham
Sebastian Morris Apprentice lineworker Kyneton
Sam Quinlan Trainee designer Market St
Lachlan Bates Apprentice lineworker Maryborough
Bayden Collicoat Apprentice lineworker Mildura
Rhys Keating Apprentice lineworker Mildura
Travis Dawes Apprentice lineworker Mildura
Callan Aldridge Apprentice lineworker Shepparton
Alex Smith Apprentice lineworker Shepparton
Cameron McNamara Apprentice lineworker Shepparton
Harry Moss Apprentice lineworker Warrnambool
Cooper Miller Apprentice lineworker Warrnambool