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Growing with AGL

Scott Milliner on being different and giving apprentices their start.

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AGL Energy
21 January 2021

At AGL, we believe progress is powered by our people. That’s why we’re showcasing our People Promise and the unique employee experiences we offer our people right across the business.

In this article, Scott Milliner, Maintenance Manager at AGL’s Loy Yang power station, shares why his non-energy background made him a great asset to the team and why he’s passionate about supporting our apprentice program.

Enriching AGL through the diversity of our experience

Given my background wasn’t in power generation, it took some time for me to adapt to the change and build credibility as a leader and maintenance professional within the power station and my team. I had a different way of doing things, but quickly demonstrated where I could add value to the station and make incremental improvements.

Over the years, I have transitioned through several roles at AGL, increasing my responsibilities along the way. With that came the freedom to be the master of my own destiny, and further demonstrate what I could bring to the business. At this point I knew AGL was there to support and challenge me to be my best.

Harnessing future talent

As my role evolved at AGL, I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in the recruitment of apprentices, a responsibility I find very rewarding. It’s exciting to know that you have been a part of shaping a young person’s life both professionally and personally while helping AGL grow.

My first apprentice recruitment campaign with AGL was such a rewarding experience. This process builds over many months, with more than 500 applications for three trade disciplines - electrical, mechanical and boiler making. There is something exciting about seeing the selection process through many stages to identify the preferred candidates. By the end, we are offering employment and providing the opportunity for young people to transition into the energy industry and start a successful career of their own.

Having been an apprentice myself I really value and appreciate the opportunity and impact AGL is having on young people. I have three young sons, and I’m sure at least one of my boys will want to head down this path at some stage and I hope these types of opportunities continue to be available.

The apprentice program demonstrates AGL’s commitment to Shaping tomorrow by harnessing future talent and supporting our people in their career development.

Values that align

For me, the alignment of AGL’s values with my own, and its commitment to operating responsibly in all aspects of the business, is what makes me proud to work here. It’s a place where it’s safe to speak up and respectfully challenge the norm, and I’m supported to pursue my own personal growth and ambitions.

As the energy industry transitions, I’m proud to be part of an organisation that’s transparent and progressive, and helping to shape the future so it’s better for everyone including our planet.

Careers at AGL

Does Scott’s story inspire you to be part of the family at AGL?

Find out more about what it’s like to work for AGL, and have a look through our current job opportunities, via our AGL Careers page.