Apprentice Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the apprenticeship for?
Apprenticeships are a training contract with a nominal four-year term.

What will you get paid?
Apprentices with Essential Energy under the age of 21 are paid fortnightly on a commencing rate of $580.46 per week. Progression occurs annually on satisfactory performance and completion of assessments through the year.

If you turn 21 during your apprenticeship you will receive $915.14 per week from the date of your 21st birthday. You will remain on this grade until completion of your apprenticeship.

As a mature age Essential Energy apprentice (i.e. 21 years or over) you will be paid fortnightly on a rate of $1,155.43 per week. You will remain on this grade until completion of your apprenticeship.

What hours will I work?
The ordinary hours of work are 36 per week, with a rostered day off once a fortnight.

Will I be required to travel during the apprenticeship?
Yes. To gain the appropriate knowledge and skills, regular travel will be necessary during your apprenticeship to attend training and courses at training centres or external training providers such as TAFE. 

Also, if you are successful in gaining an apprenticeship with Essential Energy, you will be required to attend an induction for your first three weeks at one of our training centres at Goulburn, Grafton or Parkes. Reimbursement for travel, accommodation and meals will be provided during this time. 

Travel to/from work each day is the responsibility of the employee.

Can mature aged applicants apply?
Yes, we encourage all ages, male or female, to apply for our apprenticeships.

Do I need a driver’s licence?
Due to travel requirements at Essential Energy, it is preferred that upon commencement applicants have a provisional drivers licence, as a minimum. It is expected that during the apprenticeship a manual driver’s licence is attained at the first available opportunity, if not held at the time of appointment.

How safe will I be working with electricity?
At Essential Energy safety is the number one priority. Safety training is a priority for the organisation, and employees and apprentices are continually updated on safety best practice.

What if I don't like heights?
Apprenticeships involve working at heights. If you are not comfortable with heights, you may like to consider other employment opportunities with Essential Energy. Visit our careers page to see other opportunities.

Will I be required to undertake any pre-employment medicals?
As part of our recruitment process we may request a number of pre-employment checks to be completed to assess your suitability for the role. These include reference, medical and security checks. The medical check will include a colour vision assessment. 

Are there any weight restrictions for an apprentice?
It is an inherent requirement of this role for all successful applicants to be 110kg or less during their employment as a powerline worker to meet safe working load restrictions of equipment.

What happens once the apprenticeship is over?
Apprenticeships are a contract of employment for four years only. At the successful completion of an apprenticeship, you are welcome to apply for a trade-specific position across Essential Energy's network footprint area.

Is my trade recognised elsewhere?
Yes, your trade is a nationally-recognised accredited qualification.

Can I apply if I'm not an Australian citizen?
To be eligible to apply for an apprenticeship you must be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident.

Can I apply if I am completing another apprenticeship?
Yes, however if you are offered an apprenticeship with Essential Energy you will need to obtain a release from your current apprenticeship contract to be able to accept the position.

How will I be notified if I make it to the next stage?
We will either email, SMS or telephone you throughout the various stages of the apprentice recruitment process. Please check your emails regularly for updates.

What should I do if I am invited to an interview?
You will need to prepare yourself for the interview. Some information will be available to assist you on our website. Details of what you will need to bring will be on the email invitation that you will receive.

What should I do if I have a question that has not been answered?
If you have read all the information provided on our website and your question has not been answered, please email or phone 1800 22 00 66.