Electrical Supply Industry - Skills Shortage


The next decade will see a significant number of projects designed to improve and secure the national Transmission infrastructure. Projects of note include the new electricity interconnector between South Australia and New South Wales. 

This interconnector project alone is a $1 billion project and has been declared a Critical State Significant Infrastructure project in NSW. At a cost of approximately $1.5 billion, this project will create 800 regional construction jobs and 700 continuing jobs. The project is planned for delivery between 2022 and 2024. 

Other projects include upgrades to the existing Victoria to New South Wales interconnector capacity and an increase of the existing Queensland to New South Wales interconnector capacity. Project Snowy 2.0 will also require transmission network upgrades to support the expanded Snowy Hydro generation capability.

The Federal and State governments have identified a current and future skills shortage of qualified transmission lineworkers. The UET30512 Certificate III in ESI - Power Systems - Transmission Overhead qualification is listed on most State-based skill shortage lists and attracts additional funding to encourage training providers to offer the qualification. However, there is a lack of TAFE and private training options available to industry.

Our role

Thomson Bridge has designed three pathways for workers to achieve this qualification, these are:

  • School-Leaver Apprenticeships
  • Adult Apprenticeships
  • Adult Bridging Apprenticeships (using Recognition of Prior Learning and Gap training)

During 2019, over 100 workers have enrolled as Adult Apprenticeships with us, and most are on track to successfully complete their Certificate III Transmission qualification.  We have achieved a completion rate that is well above the industry average, which builds trust in our skills and contributes to our reputation for quality. These programs have been crafted to accommodate the specific requirements of each cohort.

In 2020, Thomson Bridge will launch our first Apprenticeship program for transmission lineworkers designed for young adults.

In structuring this program, we have consulted with industry and our Subject Matter Experts who have decades of experience in operating and maintaining Transmission networks.

Thomson Bridge is a leader in the delivery of Certificate III ESI qualifications in Transmission, Distribution and Rail. We are proud to have supported the staff of our clients including Essential Energy, NSW Transport, Transgrid, TasNetworks and major contractors such as Downer Group, Zinfra, UGL Limited and Quanta Lines.


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