Electricity flows in Zach?s veins

By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

ZACH Bishop is one of a special breed at Queensland Rail (QR).

He is the only electrical apprentice appointed this year to the infrastructure services group in Gladstone.

"It was when I did physics at school that I realised this was something I wanted to do as a career,'' 18-year-old Zach explained.

"I was always interested in electricity. "Learning about ohms and current was challenging and interesting.''

Zach learnt about the apprenticeship position available through QR late last year and applied through normal channels.

"I had the interview in November and found out I got the position early January." Four weeks into his apprenticeship Zach is brimming with enthusiasm. "I am learning heaps. My supervisor is going on leave and I'll be moved over to the Callemondah workshops where I'll be working with the guys on the locos (locomotives).

"I've already gone over to see exactly what I'll be doing. I can't wait.''

Supervising electrician Jim Ashman believes Zach chose well to come to QR to gain his qualifications.

"He will get a broad view of the workforce with QR. "They see multi-skilling in the trades as an essential component to the job.

"Zach will get the opportunity to work with contractors as he progresses through his apprenticeship because QR believes it is important for its apprentices to get as much training as possible.''

Zach Bishop already has his life mapped out. "If I don't get offered a contract at the end of my apprenticeship I might go over to the mines and work for a bit so I can get my contracting licence,'' he said.

"Then I'll go into business for myself.



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