Up to 48 electrical apprentices are expected to graduate into full time work across the NSW Far North Coast over the next four years, working as part of Essential Energy’s frontline emergency response, Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George said today.

Mr George said Essential Energy had also begun its recruitment campaign for an extra 59 apprentices across regional NSW.

“We expect that six of these new apprentices will be based in Essential Energy’s Far North Coast region, including Lismore and Murwillumbah,” Mr George said.

“This means jobs for new apprentices and jobs for graduating apprentices.

“These new electricity workers will help maintain our frontline capability to keep our electricity supply safe and reliable. They will be living and working in our region.”

These new apprentices will learn their trade as they work, including how to stay safe while maintaining a reliable and efficient electricity network for the people of regional NSW.

“They will become the next generation of frontline workers, learning from some of the best and most experienced power workers in the country,” Mr George said.

NSW Energy Minister Chris Hartcher said that a total of 1,200 graduating apprentices were expected to be employed to work across the state’s electricity networks over the next four years.

“The NSW Government is delivering on its promise to reduce duplication, drive efficiencies and reduce costs across our electricity network businesses, helping to fund rebates for families and low income households,” Mr Hartcher said.

“Our commitment to employing graduating and new apprentices shows that this Government is also delivering on its promise to create jobs in regional NSW and protect frontline positions across the three electricity networks.”

Successful applicants will begin their careers next January, based in one of 45 locations across regional NSW.

They will participate in a three-week induction program at one of three Essential Energy training centres at Parkes, Grafton and Goulburn. Applications close on Sunday, 9 September 2012 and can be made via Essential Energy’s website:, or e-mail:

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

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