Electrical apprentices' study experience sparked by generous donations

07 June 2022

CQUniversity electrical apprentices have benefited from generous donations made by Schneider Electric to help support the next generation of sparkies.

As part of Schneider Electric's Circular Partnership program' which is designed to give a second chance to surplus products' CQU has refreshed its consumable equipment to help enhance the study experience for hundreds of apprentices.

CQUniversity Deputy Vice-President VET Operations Peter Heilbuth said' "At CQUniversity' our students' learning experience is our top priority.

"The generous donations by Schneider Electric will help fully equip our apprentices and propel them into their new careers' while ensuring we are keeping in step with industry standards'" said Mr Heilbuth.

CQUniversity Electrical Teacher Barney Brough said the program has helped the apprentices enormously.

"The program has helped our apprentices by refreshing our consumable equipment and allowing them to see and use new equipment.

"It has also allowed us to retire old equipment and expand our inventory with more general-purpose equipment'" said Mr Brough.

Schneider Electric Foundation and Community Lead Tam Johnston said the program has seen 7.7 tonnes of electrical materials destined for recycling plants diverted to educational facilities over the past year.

"At Schneider Electric' we are always striving to ensure our customers have access to best-in-class equipment'" Ms Johnston said.

"As Australia moves towards an increasingly digital and energy-efficient future' we understand how important it is that the workforce is prepared. By donating our surplus product' we're able to not only support the next generation of electricians' but also continue in our sustainability journey.

"Giving these products a new life means we can empower more people to make the most of our energy and resources by re-using."