HVTC 40th Anniversary - Georgia Foley
Gunnedah local, Georgia Foley, completed her Electrical Apprenticeship with HVTC in 2020 while hosted to Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek Coal as well as Narrabri Coal Operations.
Georgia had always wanted to work hands-on for her career and to help around the house after growing up on a farm and seeing her dad work as an electrician. Her interest in the electrical field led to her applying for an apprenticeship and landing the position with HVTC and Whitehaven in 2016.
Being able to work with different trades on-site and gaining exposure to various aspects of the mining industry was something that Georgia really enjoyed about her apprenticeship.
“Being able to work with people in different trades and learning tips and tricks from them as well as gaining experience in domestic and commercial work really helped me to further my knowledge and develop in my career.”
Georgia says that her apprenticeship also benefited her personally, as it allowed her to become more outgoing and become involved in the community through work events.
Georgia was recognised for excelling in a male-dominated industry at the 2020 HVTC Excellence Awards, being named Woman in Non-Traditional Trade Apprentice/Trainee of the Year. She also took out the same category at the NSW/ACT Group Training Awards, and was a finalist for Apprentice of the Year at the NSW Training Awards.
Since completing her apprenticeship in 2020, Georgia has completed further training through a High Voltage course, an EEHA (Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Areas) course, as well as a Communications course.
Georgia was successful in gaining an ongoing position with Narrabri Coal as an Underground Electrician, where she assists with maintaining equipment, servicing breakdowns, completing inspections, hanging cables, and various other tasks.