Origin Energy workers receive funding for additional training

Electricity supplier Origin Energy will receive $196,925 from the Australian government as part of an initiative to provide training to workers and help improve their skill levels.

"Origin is one of many Australian companies to recognise the importance of training staff to address workforce needs," said minister for skills Chris Evans yesterday (August 1).

"This is a new industry-driven approach which ensures the Government is not funding training for [training's] sake but training for jobs."

Origin will contribute a further $382,265 to the program, which is part of the government's National Workforce Development Fund initiative.

Origin Energy has been in the news quite a lot lately, after being strongly criticised by Queensland premier Campbell Newman for planned hikes to electricity prices which could have cost affected customers upwards of $400 a year.

The supplier eventually backed down on the increases after Mr Newman announced he was planning on cancelling 2,500 contracts between Origin and the state.

Origin currently employs more than 5,600 staff across Australia, who work in fields such as gas exploration, gas production, energy retail and power generation.

Posted by Charlie Moore