- Seven existing employees gain new qualifications
- 12 new positions created at Horizon Power regional depots
- Four more electricity distribution workers employed in the Pilbara
- Recruitment and retraining opportunities for local workers
- McGowan Government welcomes jobs and skills boost in the Pilbara region
State Government-owned energy provider Horizon Power has boosted job prospects in regional Western Australia through training and upskilling opportunities, which will ensure the electricity network to the north of the State continues to be maintained and serviced by local workers.
Seven existing Horizon Power employees are now qualified with dual trades having successfully completed a Certificate III Electricity Supply Industry (Cable Jointing) qualification.
They will be responsible for maintenance and repair of key electricity infrastructure, including the recently completed underground power networks in Karratha and Port Hedland.
Premier Mark McGowan, Energy Minister Ben Wyatt, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel toured the Port Hedland electricity depot and met with Horizon Power's newest recruits and apprentices while in the Pilbara for the McGowan Labor Government's regional Community Cabinet.
The training opportunities have been further bolstered with four more distribution workers being taken on in the Pilbara region, and an extra 12 Horizon Power positions being created in other regional towns across the State including Port Hedland, Karratha, Carnarvon, Esperance, Broome and Kununurra.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"My Government's number one priority is to provide jobs and opportunities to Western Australians.
"The upskilling of regional workers enables them to be more equipped to take on the jobs of the future and is essential in keeping jobs in regional WA."
Comments attributed to Energy Minister Ben Wyatt:
"The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring that regional workers are given opportunities to retrain and upskill to meet the needs of the energy sector, which is a dynamic and changing industry.
"The changes which require energy workers to be equipped with skills for future energy jobs has already resulted in 12 extra workers being employed in regional areas across the State."
Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"The McGowan Government's Plan for Jobs is centred on training and upskilling opportunities to ensure Western Australians are best placed to take up jobs in areas of industry demand.
"This jobs boost demonstrates the success of quality training opportunities - apprenticeships and traineeships are critical to ensuring Western Australians have the skills we know employers are looking for."
Comment attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel:
"Following consultation with the community, I am proud to announce local people in our Pilbara will have access to on-the-job training to ensure they continue to build their electrical skills."
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