Trust committed to education and training
The ageing workforce and the resulting move from front-line work to desk jobs, combined with the global shortage of trained line mechanics, means that the future security of electricity supply to consumers could be at risk.
The Eastern Bay Energy Trust recognised a serious shortage of young people in both the electricity supply and electrical sectors, and looked at various options for encouraging young people to enter the industry.
As a result of feedback from local businesses, the Trust launched its industry and education training programme, in partnership with the Electricity Supply Industry Training Organisation (ESITO).
The programme includes:
Scholarships: for pre-trade, diploma and degree education in energy related fields;
Apprenticeships: covering the course fees for electrical and line mechanic apprentices;
Electricity supply taster course: designed for young people who are considering a career in the electricity supply industry.
The Eastern Bay Energy Trust is committed to supporting the training and development of young people in this exciting and diverse industry, and allocates $100,000 per year for industry education and training.
The Eastern Bay Energy Trust launced its scholarship programme in 2003 and since then has awarded 72 scholarships for pre-trade, diploma and degree study in energy related fields.
Scholarships can lead to a wide range of careers, including electrical fitters; mechanical fitters; plant operators; electricians; technicians; power system engineers; power system controllers.
Pre-employment scholarships in electricity supply
Diploma / degree scholarships
Candidates must be between 16 and 25 years, New Zealand citizens or permanent residents. Candidates must be from the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Course must be energy related. Candidates must be able to demonstrate a high level of motivation and commitment. Candidates should demonstrate an interest and commitment to the region.
Applications open 1 September and close 31 October each year, for scholarships for the following tertiary year. Scholarships are offered towards course fees for energy-related study. To apply contact the Trust office, or download the application form here.
To be eligible for this one-year scholarship, candidates (in addition to the above general criteria) must:
The scholarship is for up to $6,000 course fees at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic or Waikato Institute of Technology.
Applications open 1 September and close 31 October each year, for scholarships for the following tertiary year. To apply for the Brian Ponting Scholarship contact the Trust office, or download the application form here.
This two-year scholarship is offered in conjunction with the Eastern Bay Energy Trust to develop industry skills for the benefit of the Eastern Bay of Plenty. In addition to the above general criteria, candidates must be entering the third year of a Bachelor of Engineering (electrical) degree (heavy power option). This scholarship will be awarded subject to evidence of acceptance into the approved course.
The scholarship includes $1000 towards books and course related costs, holiday work with Horzion Energy during years three and four of the degree, and possible future employment with the company, upon completion of the degree.
The Eastern Bay Energy Trust's contribution will cover the candidate's course fees up to $6000 per year, for years three and four of the degree. Scholarship funding for year four is provisional upon the candidate satisfactorily completing the prior year's study.
Applications open 1 September and close 31 October each year, for scholarships for the following tertiary year. To apply for the Horizon Energy Scholarship contact the Trust office, or download the application form here.
'Energising our community'.
Eastern Bay of Plenty:- a community energising its own future