Lucky local tradies prepare for a career change

By Morgan Dyer

Two lucky local tradies have been selected to become Powercors newest recruits.

The highly competitive training program picked Shepparton's Zach Treacy and Cobram's Scott Sutton to spend the next four years working for the Powercor team.

The men are two of the rare 16 people from across state picked for the program, which saw more than 800 people apply for the roles.

Under the program Mr Sutton and Mr Treacy will become qualified lineworkers.

Mr Treacy was previously a qualified electrician, while Mr Sutton will make the move from 10 years in the construction industry.

Powercor technical training manager Neil Roberts said the highly competitive recruitment process began in September.

“Candidates were shortlisted to complete vigorous assessments and a video interview with field Leaders who then selected their top picks for face to face interviews, which included a practical assessment,” Mr Roberts said.

“In the end, these 16 apprentices and trainees shone as the very best candidates for the roles and will be part of the team to deliver the company’s growing works program in the years to come.”

The newly picked group will join 38 other CitiPower and Powercor appreciates who are in various stages of their training across the state.

Since 2001, CitiPower and Powercor have invested in more than 400 apprentices and trainees as the company builds its trades, technical and operational workforce.