THREE year 11 students have signed up for a headstart in the electrical industry, with a two-year work experience program at Ergon Energy.
Since 2008, more than 30 Maryborough Year 11 and 12 students have experienced what it is like to work with the line depot, stores, workshop and design teams at the Maryborough depot.
Ergon Energy area operations manager Greg Krome said three Year 11 students - Sam Richards, Duncan Nish and Steven Thompson - have joined the five Year 12 students continuing on from last year.
The group was inducted last month and recently completed their first day on the job.
The students work one day each fortnight and complete various online modules over the two years.
At the end of their program, they receive certificates and a letter which acknowledges their efforts and the hours they have invested.
Mr Krome said participating in the program did not guarantee an apprenticeship, but it gave young people interested in joining the industry an invaluable insight into the careers available.
It also gave Work Group Leaders a chance to gauge the suitability of program participants who might be shortlisted for apprenticeships in the future.
Some students who have taken part in the program are now employed at Ergon Energy, including a 2011 school-leaver who secured an apprenticeship this year.
"This is the only area where Ergon Energy is working with local schools and providing such an opportunity," Mr Krome said.
"It's just such a fantastic initiative and well worth the few extra hours that go into making it all happen."