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Our apprentices primed to shape tomorrow

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AGL Energy
10 July 2019

Keeping the power on is a vital job, and it needs the best people in control.

The scale, complexity and responsibility associated with our operational sites is not for the faint hearted. We need exceptional people to quite literally keep the lights on.

AGL’s Jacob Linton has got what it takes. He’s taken out the NSW Hunter Region 2019 Apprentice of the Year.

Now an Electrical Engineering Technician, Jacob recently accepted the award at the Hunter Region Apprenticeship and Trainee Awards (HRATA) gala awards presentation, to the cheers of his family, friends, and colleagues at AGL Macquarie.


Electrical Engineering Technician Jacob Linton at AGL Macquarie

Jacob, who is now undergoing additional operator training at AGL Macquarie, is now a contender at the NSW State Training Awards later in 2019.

AGL Macquarie General Manager Len McLachlan said the win was a great achievement for Jacob, and that it recognised his hard work and dedication.

‘We have a long and proud history of training young people in the electricity industry and look forward to this continuing in the years ahead.

Len also acknowledged Bayswater Administration Assistant Amba Ward – who was a 2019 HRATA Trainee of the Year finalist.

‘Jacob and Amba should be very proud of their hard work, success and achievements,’ he said.


Jacob Linton accepting the HRATA 2019 Apprentice of the Year award

The HRATA annual awards promote and reward vocational education and excellence in the Hunter Region. They recognise a wide range of disciplines: everything from metals, engineering, and automotive to hairdressing, commercial cooking, and business.

AGL has approximately 60 apprentices at AGL Macquarie across their four years.

  • AGL Macquarie generates approximately 30% of NSW’s electricity needs.
  • It comprises the 2,640 MW Bayswater Power Station and the 2,000 MW Liddell Power Station, as well as the 50 MW Hunter Valley gas turbines.
  • Bayswater produces approximately 15,000 GWh of electricity per year, enough to power two million Australian homes and families.
  • Liddell produces approximately 8,000 GWh of electricity per year, enough to power one million Australian homes and families.
  • AGL Macquarie is spread across more than 10,000 hectares; the distance between the Bayswater cooling towers is longer than the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The facility employs around 620 people.