TAFE Queensland, Ergon Energy Network and Energex are sparking the interest of enthusiastic and dedicated high-school students looking to undertake a pre-apprenticeship program for an in-demand industry profession.

The partnership give eligible Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to complete a Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) (UEE22020) in 2024 and power-up their career in Queensland’s energy industry.

Students can kick start their careers in the electrotechnology industry with this entry-level course, building the skills they need to get a foot in the door for an apprenticeship or seek trade assistant work to get started.

The Certificate II in Electrotechnology cadetships program is on offer to year 11 and 12 students across Queensland. IMAGE: Supplied

Students will learn:

  • Essential work, health and safety requirements contextualised to the electrical industry.
  • Primary technical skills for the electricity distribution, retail and energy services sector including, the use of multiple power tools and materials, reading and interpreting site plans and specifications.
  • Real-world site experience at Ergon Energy Network and Energex depots.
  • Enterprise skills by completing Toolbox Talks and providing a formal project handover to the next incoming group at the end of rostered shift.

Qualified electricians are currently in demand with the number of people employed in the industry growing very strongly over the past few years. According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook service there’s expected to be around 26,000 job openings for electricians in the next five years.

In this course students will learn the skills needed to safely undertake basic electrotechnology work and solve problems in extra-low voltage single- path and multiple-path DC circuits.

They’ll learn about environmentally sustainable work practices and the selection and use of materials, tools and components for electrical work.


The Certificate II in Electrotechnology program is an entry-level course teaching technical skills for the electricity distribution, retail and energy services sector. IMAGE: Supplied

The course also covers a General Safety Induction course (White Card) – an industry requirement to work on Queensland construction sites, and some of the units needed for the first stage of an electrical apprenticeship.

Successful completion of this course will put students on the path to an apprenticeship with a huge choice in the industry. Opportunities exist in electrical cabling, equipment, instrumentation, switchgear, telecommunications, air conditioning and refrigeration, or renewable energy.

Energy Queensland is the group of electricity distribution, retail and energy services businesses owned by the state of Queensland. Ergon Energy Network and Energex have depots across Ipswich, the Darling Downs and South West Queensland.

For more information, click the image below or visit the program website.

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