A TOTAL of 28 Energex apprentices started work yesterday, including two at the organisation's Cleveland depot.
Energy Queensland acting chief executive Peter Scott said Energex apprenticeships were among the most sought after in the south-east.
"They are unlike any other and our apprentices soon find their job is a real commitment to the community. It's also the start of a great career," Mr Scott said.
"Following storms and during some of the most testing times in our communities our crews are responsible for helping to ensure the people of Queensland continue to have safe and reliable electricity supply."
The apprentices will train as communications technicians, distribution and transmission linespersons, mechanical fitters, electricians and cable jointers.
Once they complete initial tuition at the Rocklea EsiTrain facility, they will join Energex teams at up to 15 locations across south-east Queensland.
Ten women have won apprenticeships in the traditionally male-dominated industry.
"The intake also includes five candidates identifying as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent," Mr Scott said.
"This fulfils Energex's commitment to a diverse workforce, reflective of the communities we serve."
The newcomers are part of more than 120 apprentices set to join Powerlink, Ergon, Energex, CS Energy, Stanwell Corp and CleanCo this year.