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Ergon Energy Network and Energex Pre-apprenticeship Program

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

Following the successful pilot of this  cadetship program in Ipswich, the Darling Downs and South West Queensland this year, TAFE Queensland, Ergon Energy Network and Energex are excited to announce the expansion of the program across regional and remote Queensland. Eligible Year 11 and 12 students will have the opportunity to complete a Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) (UEE22020) cadetship and power-up their careers in Queensland's transformative energy industry.

Ergon Energy Network and Energex have depots throughout regional and remote Queensland and are part of the Energy Queensland group of electricity distribution, retail and energy services businesses owned by the state of Queensland. 

Cadets 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 throughout regional and remote Queensland.
  • Enterprise skills by completing Toolbox Talks and providing a formal project handover to the next incoming group at the end of rostered shift.
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2025 program applications now open until 30 August, 2024

How it works

Build the skills and confidence you need to seek an apprenticeship in a range of electrical trade areas during this entry-level course.

This program includes a combination of weekly online workshops by industry-expert TAFE Queensland educators, with regular involvement by Ergon Energy Network and Energex experts, on-campus practical days and in-community depot work experience placements.

Under the mentorship of Ergon Energy Network and Energex experts and experienced TAFE Queensland trainers, you 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.

The Ergon Energy Network and Energex is invested in skilling students in pre-vocational programs, to address a Distribution Linesperson and Electrical Fitter Mechanic apprenticeship skill shortage in South West Queensland.

The National Skills Commission predicts that energy sector employment opportunities for trades such as electricians and electrical engineers will increase by 10.2% over five years with an estimated 14,600 new job openings between 2021 and 2026. 

With over 140 years of experience in delivering vocational education and training, TAFE Queensland is the state's largest and most trusted training provider. We offer practical, industry-relevant training to more than 122,000 students annually.

Ergon Energy Network and Energex depot locations

  • Cooktown
  • Mareeba
  • Mossman
  • Atherton
  • Ravenshoe
  • Normanton
  • Georgetown
  • Tully
  • Innisfail

  • Mt Isa
  • Cloncurry
  • Julia Creek
  • Richmond
  • Hughenden
  • Charters Towers
  • Home Hill

  • Bowen
  • Sarina
  • Moranbah
  • Clermont
  • Middlemount

  • Pinnacle
  • Biloela
  • Theodore
  • Longreach
  • Barcaldine
  • Blackall
  • Winton
  • Springsure
  • Emerald
  • Blackwater

  • Mundubbera
  • Biggenden
  • Gayndah
  • Monto
  • Murgon
  • Kingaroy
  • Yarraman
  • Kilkivan

  • Quilpie
  • Charleville
  • Cunnamulla
  • Roma
  • St George
  • Dalby
  • Tara
  • Chinchilla
  • Wandoan
  • Millmerran
  • Warwick
  • Stanthorpe
  • Gatton
  • Esk
  • Boonah
  • Beaudesert

Important information


  • 1 day per week – online classroom via Teams platform with a TAFE Queensland educator (Tuesday)
  • 2 x 5 day practical blocks on campus (students will be advised on successful outcome of application which dates below pertain to their campus location):
        o   Term 1 (2025) - 10 March - 14 March or 17 March - 21 March 25
        o   Term 4 (2025) - 13 October - 17 October or 20 October - 24 October
  • Plus up to 3 weeks work experience at depot locations. These dates will be advised on successful outcome of application and may include school holidays.

Course outcomes and benefits

In addition to the successful completion of the Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) UEE22020, students will also complete:

  • 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. 

Participants that successfully complete the program will receive:

  • Toolkit
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Boots, shirt, gloves, safety glasses
  • Travel costs including accommodation and meals (where required)
  • Work experience at the closest Ergon Energy Network and Energex depot.


Students will need to meet specific eligibility criteria before being accepted and enrolled into the specific program which includes:

  • Students must current be enrolled at a Queensland High School
  • Students must be a Queensland Resident
  • Students must have successfully completed a General Construction Induction Training card (White Card) within the first 4 weeks of the commencement of this course. This is a specific requirement for the work experience component.
  • Students will be required to successfully complete BKSB with a working level 3 for English and Math before acceptance into this program.
  • Students must be available to travel to local depot (and stay overnight if required) and perform work experience during the prescribed time periods (travel costs to be provided for by Ergon Energy Network and Energex). *(conditions apply) 
  • Students must receive permission by caregiver and school to participate.

Resources required

Ergon Energy Network and Energex will supply the minimum occupational health and safety requirements for practical classes. This includes the use of safety glasses and protective footwear with safety toe cap and non-slip soles to AS2210.

Students will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit.

Students will be required to bring personal stationery, a USB, a scientific calculator, a ruler, set square, protractor and compass.

Students will require access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland’s online learning system, Connect, and MS Teams, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations, however students would benefit from bringing their own device (BYOD).