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Apprentices – the industry’s lifeblood

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AGL Energy
07 February 2020

We’re a major employer of apprentices and supporter of their careers – and we’ve just welcomed 17 more into the AGL fold.

The new apprentices – nine at AGL Macquarie (AGLM) in New South Wales, four at AGL Loy Yang in Victoria, and four at AGL Torrens in South Australia – were chosen from hundreds of applicants and began their journey in January. They’ll join the site workshops once they finish the first six months of their apprenticeship at TAFE.

They’re from diverse backgrounds, as the sole boilermaker apprentice Maddi Cornwall pointed out.

‘After Year 12 I was accepted into university to study nursing,’ she said. ‘I turned that down to take up the apprenticeship at Loy Yang.

‘I'm a hands-on learner and this apprenticeship is well-suited to me.

‘All my friends and family are very supportive and are thrilled for me.’

The AGLM apprentices are Andrew Hunter, Bryce Wegner, Chris Hartin, Jacinta Ferris, Lachlan Townsend (all electrical), Emily Coventry, Levi Turnbull, Thomas Callinan (all mechanical), and Cody Sherwood (metal fabrication).

The Loy Yang apprentices are Ryan Portelli, Tom Schacht (both electrical), Luke Johnson (mechanical), and Maddi Cornwall (boilermaker).


AGL Macquarie’s new apprentices (front row) with senior staff from the power stations.

Apprentices are the lifeblood of the industry – that’s according to General Manager Coal Operations Steve Rieniets.

‘Recruiting and training young people as apprentices to start a career in the energy industry is an important part of the future for coal operations in particular and AGL in general,’ he said.

‘Our power stations have a long history of training young apprentices and we are more than proud to see this tradition continue.’