Energy Academy

Energy Academy2023-01-31T19:44:43+10:00

Want a career in electrical? The Energy Academy is wired for you!

The Energy Academy is Brisbane’s first industry-driven program for high school students wishing to pursue a career in the Electricity Industry.

You won’t see anything like it in Queensland and there’s no better way for a young person to get a head start than with the Energy Academy.

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Embark on your electrical career in Year 10 or 11

The Energy Academy will accept 24 Year 11 young people to start each January and July at our Brisbane school. Please note, any AITC Year 10 young person will receive priority for selection to the Academy for Year 11 – so families are encouraged to apply for the standard program in Year 10 for a foundation year. Immersion opportunities will avail themselves in Semester 2.

Year 10 Foundation: This is offered from any of our six AITC schools – exposure, exploration and immersion in the energy industry.
Year 11 Academy Specialisation: This is offered only from the AITC Brisbane school– technical training, work experience with a consortium of employers and an education program contextualised to the energy industry.

The program is a combination of deliberately different education, industry-driven training, and technical expertise to develop apprentices of the highest calibre. The offerings are much broader than your typical electrician – from renewables and sustainability to refrigeration and electrical fitting. The Academy will open opportunities that young people may not realise are available.

The Power Trip

Young people in the Energy Academy will have the privilege of travelling Southeast Queensland to see the ever-expanding world of large-scale energy projects and initiatives. An example of this is the Energy Learning Trail, which will provide a range of experiences throughout Year 11 and 12, where young people will have 2-night, 3-day travel experiences to open their eyes to key developments, connect with industry representatives, and gain an understanding of the emerging technologies and roles within the fast-growing energy sector. 

This will include but not limited to: 

  • Energy Queensland training sites and key infrastructure locations 
  • Visiting gas fields in the Darling Downs 
  • Seeing the future of electric vehicles in Australia 
  • Visiting the largest windfarm in the southern hemisphere; and 
  • Visits to solar farms in many locations across the region. 

In addition to these experiences, young people in the Energy Academy will also undertake the QMEA Science and Mathematics and Related Technologies (QSMART) Course One, a mathematics and science course designed to offer students the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills expected by industry in the trades areas. Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) is a joint venture between the Queensland Resources Council (the peak body representing the minerals and energy companies in Queensland) and the Queensland government. 

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Benefits of the Academy Program
  1. Unique schooling with a mix of classroom learning, structured work experience, technical training, shadowing and employment, contextualised to an electrical pathway
  2. A deliberate and careful exposure to safety standards and best practice – safety is our first thought
  3. Up to a year’s head start on your school-based apprenticeship or traineeship by Year 12 graduation
Prerequisites of the Program

To apply for the Energy Academy, students need to have passed Year 10 Maths, English and Science.

In addition to the standard benchmark testing, selection day and interview, students will also undertake some additional aptitude testing to ensure suitability for the rigor of the program.

What’s different from the standard AITC program?

We know that a young person’s success in industry is a result of their strength of character, a bespoke education program, high quality training and qualifications, and our unique employability coaching and mentoring.

Young people spend five weeks a term in school and seven weeks in industry.

The program will focus on character, values and development and exposure to the electrical industry. Work experience and immersion in a breadth of opportunities within the industry allows young people to develop key skills and understanding before commencing a school-based apprenticeship/traineeship.

It’s about setting up Queensland’s brightest sparks to have a successful and sustainable career. We do this by providing a deliberately different, industry-driven educational experience, because when young people thrive, we know communities, industries and economies do too.

Career Pathways

ElectricianCertificate III Electrotechnology Electrician - UEE30820
Linesman distributionCertificate III in ESI - Distribution Overhead - UET30621
Linesman TransmissionCertificate III in ESI - Transmission Overhead - UEE30521
Cable JointingCertificate III in ESI - Distribution Underground - UET30821
Data & CommsCertificate III in Data and Voice Communications - UEE30420 Electrical fitter
Electrical Fitter MechanicCertificate III in Electrical Fitting - UEE33020
Composite Blade technicianCertificate III in Polymer Processing (Composites) - PMB30121
Network technicianCertificate III in Telecommunications Network Build and Operation - ICT30419
Network Maintenance technicianAs for Network Technician
Fixed plant electricianAs for Electrician
Electrical & Instrumentation technicianAs for Electrical Fitter Mechanic
Air ConditioningCertificate III in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration - UEE32220
Gas fitterCertificate III in Gas Fitting - CPC32720

Certificate III in Gas Supply Industry Operations - UEG30121
Solar ElectricianAs for Electrician
Industrial ElectricianAs for Electrician

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The program is a combination of deliberately different education, industry-driven training, and technical expertise to develop apprentices of the highest calibre. The offerings are much broader than your typical electrician. The Academy will open opportunities that young people may not realise are available.

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