CAREER CHANGE: Former NRL player Ben Ridge (right) has joined Ergon Energy and will be based in Roma, along with Henry Tardent.
CAREER CHANGE: Former NRL player Ben Ridge (right) has joined Ergon Energy and will be based in Roma, along with Henry Tardent. Contributed

Former Titans player Ben Ridge joins Ergon’s Roma depot

HE SPENT nearly a decade smashing into footy players for a living, but Roma’s Ben Ridge will now trade his footy boots for work boots in his new job with Ergon Energy.

Mr Ridge, who played 58 games for the Gold Coast Titans before retiring due to injury, is one of two new apprentices for Ergon in 2016, along with Henry Tardent.

Roma is among 40 locations across regional Queensland that will host new apprentices as part of Ergon Energy’s 2016 intake.

The pair are undergoing an induction program and initial training in Brisbane before joining their new colleagues at the Roma depot.

Mr Ridge told NRL.com in August his body couldn’t keep up with the pressure of first-grade rugby league.

“Since I started here I have had a bad run with injury and eventually it takes a toll on you,” he said.

“I probably couldn’t have been given for a worst year coming off contract and the pressure of that, and in the end I decided it was time to do something else.”

Ergon Acting Chief Executive Roslyn Baker said the induction of 85 apprentices and trainees this month demonstrated Ergon’s commitment to providing regional Queensland with a safe and reliable electricity network now and in the future.

“It’s vital that we continue to teach and pass on the front-line expertise and skills now and into the future to deliver a safe, reliable and affordable electricity supply to customers,” Ms Baker said.

“Just a year ago, we saw the importance of having a highly trained workforce when our company responded to Cyclone Marcia.”

More than 900 field staff from Ergon and other agencies worked for almost a fortnight to restore power to about 65,000 customers early in 2015.

All new apprentices will receive health, safety and environmental awareness training as part of their induction.


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