Recruitment kicks off for new Powercor apprentice roles

29 September 2020

This role can be high pressure, high stakes and certainly high voltage – have you got what it takes to work with us?

Applications are now open for one of the most sought-after apprenticeship programs in the state, with CitiPower and Powercor looking to fill 10 new field roles across western, northern, southern and central Victoria.

The roles on offer include line workers, cable jointers and a metering technician, with new recruits to be based at Ardeer, Burnley, Geelong, Ballarat, Horsham, Bendigo and Echuca.

Last year, almost 800 people applied for the program and there has already been significant interest shown for the new positions.

CitiPower and Powercor’s General Manager of Network Services, Peter Bryant, said he expected even more interest in the program this year.

“These apprenticeships demonstrate we are investing in our internal workforce and the communities we operate in,” Mr Bryant said.

“Our apprentices will be part of our field teams, as we support some of the biggest changes the energy sector has seen, while delivering safe and reliable power to homes and businesses.”

Mr Bryant said the right candidates are enthusiastic team players committed to health and safety.

“We encourage people of all different ages and backgrounds to apply,” he said.

“These roles suit people who enjoy working outdoors and at heights, in all types of weather with a passion for hands-on learning.

“We’re looking for people who want to be part of a team that supports our customers and their needs.

“I’d encourage anyone interested to apply because you might be exactly the type of person we’re looking for.”

Candidates must have a minimum Year 11 pass in General Maths or currently be completing (or completed) a pre-apprenticeship TAFE training course in Electrotechnology (Cert II) to qualify.

Current third-year apprentice Madi Whyte, working out of the Shepparton depot, said the job was everything she had hoped for.

“You get to experience something new each and every day and it’s why I love it so much,” Ms Whyte said.

“One day I might be up in a bucket up a pole fixing a high voltage line after a storm, the next day I could be trying to locate an underground cable fault or replacing a pole after a vehicle collision.”
“The job is fast paced, exciting and really rewarding.”

“To anyone out there considering applying, I say definitely give it a go.”

Applications are now open via our careers page at https://careers.powercor.com.au and close 5 October 2020.