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Synergy apprentice awarded Skills Centre Student of the Year

Synergy’s Chelsea Smith has been awarded Skills Centre Student of the Year at the 2024 Apprentice & Traineeship Company Awards.

A third year Electrical Instrument Fitter Apprentice at Muja Power Station, Chelsea was recognised for her remarkable work ethic and trade skills competency.

Yanqiu Lou, Acting Executive General Manager, Thermal Generation, congratulated Chelsea on winning this prestigious award.

“Throughout her apprenticeship, Chelsea has continually displayed an outstanding level of integrity in her role as an Electrical Instrument Fitter.

“It has been a pleasure to watch Chelsea learn to operate in the energy field safely and effectively while gaining the skills and technical knowledge she needs to achieve a trade qualification.”

Chelsea was delighted to win this award and be recognised for her efforts during her electrical apprenticeship.

“It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing, applying for the apprenticeship. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after high school, but I am so glad I ended up in an apprenticeship at Synergy.

“I like problem-solving and the hands-on side of my job. I enjoy how my role challenges me and leaves me with a sense of achievement when I go home.”

Synergy offers both mechanical and electrical apprenticeship opportunities at Muja Power Station. Synergy’s apprentices are supported in their career development and are given both on and off-the-job training as part of the program.

Each apprentice is allocated a mentor from their first day at Muja Power Station, to assist them as they develop the necessary skills to work safely and productively in a complex environment.

Synergy apprentices are employed in the following areas:

  • Mechanical Apprentices (Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Fitting)
  • Electrical Apprentices (Certificate III in Electrotechnology – Electrician), which also includes completion of Certificate IV in Engineering – Instrumentation

Synergy believes in creating a workforce that reflects the diversity of our customers and our community.

Synergy’s highly successful apprentice, graduate and student vacation programs reflect this commitment and are designed to foster new talent and create employment opportunities in the energy sector.