Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today welcomed four new apprentices and trainees to the Essential Energy Depot in Tamworth.
Mr Anderson said it was exciting to see young people take up the opportunity provided by Essential Energy. We need more young people in trades and I fully support those businesses who take them on. The four starting in Tamworth are:
Nicholas Sweeney – Apprentice Powerline Worker
Kate Pearson – Apprentice Zone Substation Electrical Technician
Thomas Hammond– Apprentice Powerline Worker 
Brianna Beattie – Zone Substations Field Operations Traineeship 12 months
“Tom, Kate and Brianna will be based in Tamworth while Nick will be located in Barraba,” Mr Anderson said.
Essential Energy’s Regional Manager Northern, Mark Summers, said Essential Energy depots across regional, rural and remote NSW have welcomed new recruits to their ranks to help deliver a safe, reliable and efficient energy supply to local communities.
The 37 apprentices recently completed a three-week induction at dedicated Essential Energy training centres at Parkes, Goulburn and Grafton and will now put that tuition into practice.
The intake also includes 10 Indigenous apprentices, six who successfully transitioned from the 2017 Indigenous pre-employment trainee program, including Tom.
“These locally-based apprentices will now learn their nationally-recognised trade in the regional and rural communities we serve,” Mr Summers said.
Mr Anderson said “The apprentices will undertake either a Certificate III ESI Distribution – Powerline or a Certificate III in Electrotechnology – Electrician. 
I congratulate them and wish them every success in their employment with Essential Energy and encourage others to also think about what trade options are available to them locally,” Mr Anderson said.

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