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Callide apprentices and trainees excel at local awards

02 Aug 2017

Three apprentices and trainees working at CS Energy’s Callide Power Station were among the winners in the Gladstone Area Group Apprentices (GAGAL) annual awards for the Biloela region.

Helene Schmidt won the Apprentice and Trainee Award, which is awarded to the best overall apprentice and trainee. 

Mace Bongers won the Second Year Apprentice Award (Fitter and Turner) and Zackary Ninness won the First Year Apprentice Award (Electrical and Instrumentation). 

Callide Power Station General Manager Roy Powell said the multiple category wins reflected the efforts put in by the apprentices and trainees and CS Energy’s commitment to nurturing the next generation.

“CS Energy is proud to offer young people a foot in the door to the power industry,” Mr Powell said. 

“Congratulations to the winners for their hard work, and to GAGAL for promoting vocational education and training.”

Helene’s win in the GAGAL awards follows her strong performance in the Central Queensland Regional Finals of the Queensland Training Awards, where she was nominated in the Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year Award category. While Helene did not progress to the state finals, her nomination illustrates how vocational education and training provides employment and learning pathways for young people.

After completing her Business Administration traineeship in 2016, Helene was appointed as the Health, Safety and Security Administration Support Officer at Callide and is studying a Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety.

Callide Power Station has hosted apprentices and trainees from GAGAL for more than 10 years.