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Apprentice Program

In our Apprentice Program, you'll work with us to deliver power safely and reliably to Tasmanians all around our great state. 

You'll experience immersive training and study processes across different types of field work and situations. Importantly, you'll be helping us keep the lights on in times of extreme weather conditions like storms, bushfires and floods.

Our tradespeople are customer focussed, keen to learn and believe in a safety first culture.

We have multiple apprenticeships available at various locations.

ELECTRICIAN

  • Are you looking to undertake an apprenticeship to set up your future career? Whether you're a school leaver or already in the workforce wanting a new career pathway, we want to hear from you. 

DUAL TRADE

  • Are you a qualified electrician looking for your next challenge? We'd love to hear from you.

LINEWORKER

  • Can you see yourself working on Tasmania’s distribution network - the poles and wires? Are you seeking an exciting apprenticeship to kick-start your career or maybe you’re looking to reinvent yourself in a new field. This is your chance.

Applications for our 2019 Apprentice Program are now closed.

What our people are saying

Kate Child - Lineworker
Past Apprentice 

When did you discover you had an interest in becoming an apprentice?

I always knew I wanted to work outside. Not being stuck inside an office all day was a big thing for me, I wanted to pretty much live and work outside.

How long have you been with TasNetworks since becoming an apprentice?

I’ve been here for 13 years. I was the first female lineworker in the state. Training for me then was 14 weeks in Hobart living away from home. This turned out to be one of the best jobs I ever had. I love working here, it’s good fun and I’ve made some really good mates out of it.

What does a typical work day look like for you?

We start with the all-important coffee at 7.30am as we’re preparing our gear ready to set out for the day’s travel. Every day is a different day for us. Jobs vary from running new wiring in transformer poles, pole change overs, service work and general maintenance. We're based in the North but we work all over the state. We get to see lots of different parts of Tasmania that other people wouldn’t get to see, it’s a great part of the job.

Do you do any out of hours work with customer contact?

Yes, we’re on-call every 5-6 weeks 24/7, for 1 week. It can be a nice break away from the trucks. It’s very busy and you have to be prepared to work in all weather conditions – rain, hail or shine! It’s good fun, something a bit different to a normal day. There’s a lot of thinking on the spot trying to resolve faults and it’s actually one of my favourite parts of the job.

What would you say to encourage women to join this industry?

Give it a go. There's no reason why you can't be a lineworker or an electrician. Anything is possible, I did it and I love it!
 

Ann-Maree Barwick - Electrical Technician
Past Apprentice

When did you discover you had an interest in becoming an apprentice?

I was in a factory job that I didn’t find particularly exciting when the apprenticeship opportunity was recommended to me. I thought I’d give it a go.

How long have you been with TasNetworks since becoming an apprentice?

I started out as the first female at the Rocherlea depot. 14 years later and here I am! I've made some really good friends and me some really interesting people since I started.  I love my job and it’s good to be outside and travelling around.

Was your training all on the job or mostly at TAFE?

It was a mix of both. We would do bits and pieces at TAFE, then go off and work with some contractors, as well as working here in the field. We definitely got a pretty varied experience throughout the 4 years.

What does a typical day in the field look like for you?

A 7.30am start where we find out what’s in store for us for the day ahead. Work can be anywhere and it’s great when we get to go down the coast on a nice day. We do heaps of different stuff from installing cables in new subdivisions, putting in ground-mounted subs and of course, plenty of maintenance.

What would you say to encourage women to join this industry?

Just try it; you never know how you’ll go. When it was recommended to me I was surprised and thought 4 years was a long time but the time goes fast and I haven’t looked back.

Jon Murray - Team Lead, Cable Joiners and Electrical Technicians South
Past Apprentice

How long have you been employed at TasNetworks?
I’ve now been with the company for 14 years.

Did you start your career off as an apprentice?
Yes I did, I started an apprenticeship straight out of college.

You’re now in a position that sees you looking after other apprentices coming through, how do you find that?
Yes it’s great, I’ve just recently had one person become qualified through ground services and I’m currently overseeing two other apprentices.

What support do you give to apprentices, especially those straight out of school?
Having been through the system myself I can really relate to our apprentices. I let the tradespeople show them the tricks of the trade in the field but I’m more of a mentor to them throughout their apprenticeship and basically help them with anything outside of their actual daily work.

What advice would you give to a young person looking to start an apprenticeship with TasNetworks?
I highly recommend anyone who might be interested to have a go! We’ve had people come through who have had absolutely no background in this field but TasNetworks is just a company that fully supports you. You can learn so many different things along the way in such a diverse environment.

What about mature age people, someone who is wanting to reinvent themselves or have a career change?
The most recent person to become qualified from my group was a mature age apprentice; he was in business with his father but wanted a change. Since completing his apprenticeship he absolutely loves it and said he wouldn’t change any of it for the world.

Jonathan Duindam
Current Electrical Apprentice

When did you become interested in an apprenticeship? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do?
Yes, I’ve always known I wanted to be an electrician but not specifically in the power industry, I sort of just fell into this particular industry.

Since you started your apprenticeship, do you feel you’ve been well supported?
Yes definitely, I’ve always felt well supported and everyone has always been willing to teach me new things.

What sort of training did you do, was it all on the job or did you go to TAFE?
When I started I was going to TAFE once a week and spending the other 4 days a week on the job.

What does a typical day look like for you; can you talk us through an average day?
My day usually starts off by making sure I have all of the necessary gear to do my job. Then I head off to site and complete a JRA and wait for operators to turn the power off and give us an access authority to start working. After that I start to set up the work site with all the tools needed for that job, then I would off side my tradesperson for the job and assist with anything else around the worksite.

 

After the job has been completed I help assist in testing to make sure we have done the job correctly and then pack up and clean the site as we left it. Lastly fill out the last bit of paperwork then head to the depot.

What’s the best part of your job, what do you enjoy the most?
Definitely being outdoors most of the day and getting to see so many new places. There’s so much variety, you’re rarely on the same site twice.

What do you consider to be the worst part of your job?
I would have to say working in all weather conditions. Even though being outside is the best part of the job, the winter months would definitely be the worst part!

What would you say to encourage people to take on an apprenticeship?
Just don’t think about it too much, get in and have a go and try your best. If you can, do your pre-voc studies through TAFE and get out there and start applying.