Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    Next generation of apprentices to start in WA’s energy sector

    28/01/2022 8:30 AM
    • 31 new Western Power apprentices recruited - largest intake in eight years
    • State Government continues to support vocational education and training 

    Western Power continues its important role in providing Western Australians with vocational education and training opportunities welcoming 31 entry-level apprentices this month.


    This is the biggest intake of new apprentices at Western Power since 2014 and includes seven women and five Indigenous apprentices.


    The national accredited program teaches specialised skills and training across three streams: heavy mechanical, electrical, and overhead linework.


    Western Power hosts a number of school-based trainees across the business including at its metro depots (Jandakot, Mount Claremont, Stirling and Kewdale) and regional depots (Picton, Vasse, Albany, Geraldton, Northam, Kalgoorlie, Merredin and Moora).


    The apprenticeships have a nominal term of four years, with those starting this month expected to finish by January 2026.


    The McGowan Government committed to creating 50 training positions each year at Western Power in 2017, and continues to deliver on this important commitment.


    Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston:


    "The McGowan Government is proud to support the new group of Western Power apprentices that will play a significant role in Western Australia's evolving energy sector.


    "Unlike the former Liberal National Government, that stopped hiring apprentices, the McGowan Government is creating a pipeline of jobs for young Western Australians.


    "Western Power provides a range of entry-level opportunities, from business traineeships and apprentices to engineering graduates.


    "I wish the new apprentices and trainees all the best as they start their careers during this exciting time in the sector."


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