AGL Liddell and Bayswater power stations have welcomed five new apprentices this year, with three women among the recruits.
With hard hats in hand and steel-capped boots in tow, the Hunter youngsters are ready to go and were selected from a pool of just less than 1000.
AGL’s chief operating officer and executive sponsor of AGL Equality Markus Brokhof said it was great to welcome the trainees – Nadia Owen, Brooke Risby, Kristin Cox, Ben Jones and Joshua Moore – to the two sites, located between Muswellbrook and Singleton.
“I am always proud to see the next generation of young AGL employees get started and have the opportunity to build a rewarding career in this dynamic, changing industry,” he stated.
“In 2021, across our coal generation sites, we are also seeing more women choose to take on a trade in energy.
“At AGL we are committed to improving equality across the business.
“I hope to see more women consider this field in the years to come.
“We value diversity and inclusion and are on the lookout for new talent across all walks of life.
“No matter their gender or background, each and every apprentice at AGL is given the opportunity to learn and develop the skills needed to foster successful careers.”
This year’s apprentices will develop skills in electrical and mechanical trades, through AGL’s award-winning program.
Mechanical apprentice Brooke Risby said she was proud to be at AGL and celebrate her new chosen career.
“My experience has been second to none,” she explained.
“I already feel in the past five weeks I’ve grown so much in my capabilities and understanding of my trade and others.
“I’m looking forward to the next four years with AGL.”
Electrical apprentice Kristen Cox said the apprenticeship was helping her to develop capabilities in a range of areas.
“Since starting my apprenticeship, I’ve attended the Mining and Energy Skills program, which has been beneficial for my confidence regarding tools, workshop awareness and safety within the industry,” she added.
“I’m enjoying the different trade classes each day, especially the trades which I am not completing.”
AGL apprenticeships range from 3-4 years, providing a toolbox of skills for budding trainees.