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Western Power’s Amy Hunt has been awarded Apprentice of the Year at the 2023 WA Training Awards.

A cable jointer, Amy was one of four finalists in the WA Apprentice of the Year category after being nominated for her exceptional worth ethic, capability and focus on safety.

The WA Apprentice of the Year is presented annually to an apprentice recognised as outstanding in all aspects of their training.

Throughout the four years of Amy's apprenticeship, which was completed in December 2022, and now as a full-time cable jointer at Western Power, Amy continually displays an exceptional level of energy, leadership, and integrity to her role.

Western Power’s Executive Manager People Jo Christie congratulated Amy on her outstanding achievement.

Having a close relationship with her father, a panel beater, and her brother, a sign writer, inspired Amy to follow in their footsteps and pursue a similar lifestyle through a trade apprenticeship in the power industry, training for a Certificate III in ESI – Power Systems – Distribution Cable Jointing with Power Training Services.

Amy's cites her experience working on low and high voltage electrical cables as having opened her eyes to the implicit value of safety; both on an individual level and within a team.

Applications are currently open for a range of entry level apprenticeships at Western Power commencing in January 2024.

A total of 19 apprenticeships are on offer for electrical, heavy diesel mechanic and line workers located in the Perth metropolitan area, Vasse, Moora, Geraldton, Three Springs, and Kondinin.

The 2024 apprenticeship program continues the business’s drive to provide employment for West Australians and nurture energy industry talent.

“Our apprenticeship program is run by nationally accredited trainers who are experts in their field. It’s a hands-on apprenticeship, with both on and off-the-job training at our RTO, Power Training Services and TAFEWA,” Ms Christie said.

“As a Western Power apprentice, you will be expected to operate safely and effectively while working towards all the requirements you need to achieve your trade qualification.

“During the four years of the apprenticeship, apprentices will undertake regular off-the-job training to learn the trade skills required. Back in the workplace they will be guided and mentored by qualified and experienced colleagues to apply these skills while working on the electricity network.”

This apprenticeship is a fixed term contract for four years. Once an apprentice has completed their qualification and deemed competent, they will be offered a full-time position in a trade-qualified role.

Western Power’s comprehensive apprenticeship, graduate, trainee, and pre-apprenticeship scholarship programs create multiple pathways to a career in an exciting and future-focussed industry.

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