Apprentices Sparking The Way For A Clean Future

The Australian Government has made a commitment of net zero emissions and our New Energy apprentices are part of the solution to achieve this.

Hon Brendon O’Connor MP, Minister for Skills and Training, made an announcement on Wednesday 26 April 2023 at Tighes Hill TAFE campus to extend the Fee-Free TAFE initiative beyond 12 months.

The Fee-Free initiative is a joint venture between the Australian and the New South Wales governments to provide free training to individuals commencing their courses between 1 January 2023 and 31 December 2023 through TAFE NSW.

Hon Brendon O’Connor MP said the Fee-Free initiative is focused on priority courses that have a skill shortage to help employers fill that need.

“Clean energy industries are the future for our workers, and include solar installation, large-scale renewable projects, electric vehicles, green hydrogen and renewable manufacturing,” he says.

“That’s why the Australian Government is spending $95.6 million over nine years to support 10,000 New Energy Apprenticeships. There are currently 6,635 apprentices in training in the Hunter, including New Energy apprentices who commenced from 1 January 2023.”

Many of Ampcontrol 67 apprentices are part of the New Energy Apprenticeships program, making them eligible to receive up to $10,000 during their Australian Apprenticeship.

Carl Dodd, Ampcontrol Electrical Apprentice who was present for the announcement, said the training provided by TAFE gives him hands-on experience that can be used in his everyday role at Ampcontrol.

“Ampcontrol is a good company to work with because they cater for work and study and for you to expand your career path to do whatever you want,” Carl says.

“TAFE is a good start for me to get my foot in the door in the renewable sector,” he added.

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Ampcontrol Renews Community Partnership with Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

Ampcontrol has announced its continued support of Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service at the A-League Men’s Newcastle Jets ‘First Responders- Appreciation Round’ on Saturday 18 March 2023, extending its major community partnership with the vital emergency service for a third year.

As a supporter of the organisation for over a decade through the sponsorship of community fundraising events and workplace employee giving, Ampcontrol has strengthened its financial commitment to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service to support its critical role in the community.

Rod Henderson, Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO, met with Richard Jones, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service CEO, before Saturday’s First Responders Appreciation Round game to announce the sponsorship renewal.

Richard Jones said that the support received from Ampcontrol and other corporate supporters provides vital funds that sponsor ongoing training, equipment, and resources to perform approximately 1500 missions per year.

Rod Henderson said the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is a vital asset within our community.

“As a business with over 1000 employees, we understand how important the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is too large employers such as ourselves, our people, and the communities in which we live and serve,” he says.

“Over the years, many of our people and their loved ones have benefited from the services of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and we are so fortunate that this service and their amazing crew are available to help our own in times of critical need. We are extremely proud to be extending our financial support and commitment today as we recognise and appreciate the incredible work carried out by all first responders in our community, knowing that our support saves local lives including our own people,” added Mr. Henderson.

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Investing in STEM: Port Stephens Mayoral Academic Scholarship Program

Developing the next generation of engineers is something we feel passionate about.

For another year, Ampcontrol is supporting the Port Stephens Mayoral Academic Scholarship program.

Scholarship recipients were announced on Thursday 16 February 2023 during a ceremony at The GreenHouse Eatery, Medowie NSW.

Callan Astin, a Bachelor of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) student, received the Ampcontrol scholarship.

Ampcontrol Supporting STEM Careers

Being part of the program allows Ampcontrol to support students who have chosen a career in STEM with their academic journey.

Mikhaila Halford, Capability Development Manager at Ampcontrol said the program gives organisations an opportunity to connect with talented students who align with their chosen area of study.

“Supporting students to choose a career in STEM is integral to the future growth of our organisation,” said Mikhaila.

“With a focus on early identification of talented people, we look to support recipients with outreach activities in school and university and provide opportunities for Work Integrated Learning along with other pathways into Ampcontrol.”

Ampcontrol supports student placements and graduate pathways in various areas of engineering through site tours, industrial placements and graduate roles.

In 2023, 20 talented students shared in a scholarship pool of $40,000 to support their academic journey. A full list of the scholarship winners can be found HERE.


Ampcontrol Showcases Solutions Supporting the Energy Transition to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation

We recently had the pleasure of hosting a delegation of executives from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) together with the Committee for the Hunter at our Tomago, NSW site.

As part of exploring clean tech commercialisation opportunities in the Hunter Region, the visit included a site tour, viewing several the innovative solutions designed, developed, and manufactured by #PeopleOfAmpcontrol that support the energy transition to hydrogen, solar and electrified products.

We were able to showcase our Battery Electric Vehicle, DriftEx, purpose-designed for supporting the mining industry’s move to electrification; LAVO hydrogen storage system, Gilghi, an off-grid water purification system for remote communities; and the award-winning Solar Qube, designed and delivered by Boundary Power, our joint venture with Horizon Power.

The visit to our site was part of the CEFC’s two-day tour of the Hunter organised by the Committee for the Hunter, and included visits to Port of Newcastle, Orica, and The Melt. The tour demonstrated the challenges and opportunities associated with the Hunter’s energy and economic transition, and what support industry and businesses require to deliver national commitments for Net Zero and clean energy.

Ampcontrol supports the energy transition and was pleased to be a part of the CEFS’s tour of the Hunter, which provided an opportunity for further collaboration between businesses, government, and industry to support a net-zero carbon environment.

Ampcontrol Amps Up Support of the Newcastle Jets Signing as Major Partner of Women’s A-League

Ampcontrol has strengthened its commitment to powering the Newcastle Jets by becoming a Major Partner of both the Newcastle Jets Men and Women A-League Teams.

The 2022/23 Liberty A-League season marks the first year Ampcontrol has supported the Women’s League. As part of our involvement, the Ampcontrol logo will be proudly displayed on the back of the Newcastle Jets A-League Women’s playing jersey.

The 2022/23 Liberty A-League season is already underway, and the Newcastle Jets will proudly display Ampcontrol on the back of their playing jersey for the first time as they take on Perth Glory at No.2 Sportsground on Saturday 3 December 2022 during their first home game of the season.

Rod Henderson, Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO, is excited to see Ampcontrol expand their ongoing support of the Newcastle Jets.

“Sport has always been important to the community and we’re amped to see women’s sporting teams get the recognition and support they deserve. As Ampcontrol continues to strive for innovation, expanding into new industries, the opportunity to expand our support of the Newcastle Jets Football Club to be a Major Partner of the Women’s League was a no brainer,” says Mr Henderson.

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Amped Up: Ampcontrol Energising the Newcastle Jets for 2022/23 Season

Ampcontrol is excited to announce we are supporting the Newcastle Jets as a Major Sponsor for the upcoming 2022/23 Isuzu UTE A-League season, signalling our second consecutive year of partnership.

As part of our involvement with the Jets, the Ampcontrol logo will be proudly displayed on the front of the Newcastle Jets A-League Men’s Away and alternate playing jersey.

The 2022/23 Isuzu UTE A-League season kicks off this weekend with the Newcastle Jets proudly displaying Ampcontrol on the front of their Away jersey as they take on the Central Coast Mariners at Central Coast Stadium on Saturday 8 October 2022.

Rod Henderson, Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO, is excited for the second year of partnership between Ampcontrol and the Newcastle Jets.

“We’re amped to be alongside this great club, supporting the growth and success of the Newcastle Jets and the A-League. We can’t wait to see the boys proudly wearing Ampcontrol in their first game of the season,” says Mr Henderson.

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Ampcontrol Supports Australian-First Study of Local SDG Indicators

Our sustainability program at Ampcontrol has been guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a set of 17 goals developed by the United Nations to guide governments, businesses, and individuals to deliver ambitious global outcomes by 2030.

With innovation as one of our core values, Ampcontrol is a long-time supporter of research and development from businesses right here in the Hunter region NSW. We love to collaborate and partner with others in the region as we know that together, we can innovate in creative ways to meet industry needs and adapt to changing markets.

To allow us to identify the sustainable development opportunities that we can contribute in our local community, Ampcontrol is proud to be supporting an Australian-first study of local SDG indicators in the Hunter region.

Hunter region SDG Task Force

We are supporting the Hunter region SDG Task Force and the University of Newcastle in a study to baseline the indicators for each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in the Hunter.

‘The Hunter Region SDG Taskforce is a group of motivated businesses, not-for-profits and government bodies who are focused on collaborating to achieve the UN SDGs. Established in 2020, the Taskforce was conceived to foster accountability and drive education and collaboration.’

The project represents an example of SDG Goal 17 Partnerships for the goals in action. It is the first of its kind in Australia to apply the UN SDGs at a regional level. The effort is a collaboration among 18 funding partners, including Ampcontrol, as well as the wider members of the Taskforce.

The group aims for the Hunter to provide an example of regional localisation of the SDGs, which can be copied elsewhere in Australia and globally. Results of the work are expected to be made available in September 2022.

Download the flyer to learn more about the Hunter Region SDG Task Force.

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Powering Business 2050

As Australia’s largest privately-owned electrical engineering company, our continued success is only made possible through the talented and innovative people we employ to energise our world for a sustainable future.

Ampcontrol has been rapidly accelerating its expansion in renewable energy manufacturing over the past few years. This has highlighted the need to build a workforce pipeline and align workforce skills to ensure that not only our business, but the industry as a whole can meet its potential for growth in emerging industries.

To address the great workforce challenges, we were pleased to partner with Business Hunter to deliver the Powering Business 2050: emerging industries and the future of work Summit 22-23 June 2022.

The Summit program was for businesses and industry wanting to understand what priorities must be built into education, training and workforce development to equip young people as well as transitioning workforces with the types of skills and knowledge they will need to thrive in businesses of the near- and long-term future.

“We have had to be very innovative to attract and retain talent as well as develop our people’s capability ensuring we have the right skills, not only for the now but for the jobs of the future,” says Ampcontrol Executive General Manager – People and Engagement Leigh Stefanszyn.

“With a strong focus on research and development and technological advancement, we are continually thinking 3 – 5 years in advance but need to start developing these skills now. We see our association and continued support with education, community, and business as integral to tackling this challenge across the region as we position the Hunter as an energy powerhouse.”

We were joined by regional and national experts and leaders in business, as well as education, training and government coming together to power the future of work for generations to come.

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The Vinnies CEO Sleepout Looks Different for Team Ampcontrol in 2022

2022 is Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO Rod Henderson’s third year participating in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. But this year come 23 June, Rod won’t be the only person from Ampcontrol braving the cold. Rod has invited the entire Senior Leadership Team of Ampcontrol to join him!

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is a one-night event over one of the longest and coldest nights of the year. Hundreds of CEOs, business owners as well as community and government leaders sleep outdoors to support the many Australians who are experiencing homelessness and people at risk of homelessness.

More than 116,000 people in Australia don’t have a safe and secure place to live, including an increasing number of young people and older women.

Of those people experiencing homelessness in Australia, around 8,200 ‘sleep rough’ in improvised dwellings, tents or outdoors. But the majority of people facing homelessness are living in cars, on the couches of friends or family, or in overcrowded, temporary or unsuitable accommodation or caravan parks.

Team Ampcontrol will be roughing it on Thursday 23 June 2022, and they’re setting the bold goal of raising $50,000 to support our homeless.

You can find out more about Team Ampcontrol and help make a difference by visiting their fundraising page here.

Ampcontrol GM Accepts Honorary Commander Award

Ampcontrol Executive General Manager – Innovation & Service Warwick Sommer was presented with his ‘Honorary Commander’ certificate from former Commanding Officer of 3CRU, WGCDR Simon Wildermuth, to commemorate their partnership over the past 2 years.

The Hunter Defence Support Network (HDSN) was formed in 2015 by a passionate group of Hunter Business leaders and volunteers as a single-purpose community support and advocacy group focused on improving the lifestyle of Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their families whilst posted to the Hunter Region.

The HDSN’s Honorary Commanders’ are recognised business leaders; enthusiastic supporters of the ADF who find resources to accomplish the objectives of the program and invest two years of time and effort. At the completion of the two years, they remain as an ongoing supporters of the program.

Warwick Sommer was both humbled and honoured to receive this as the first honorary commander from Ampcontrol.

This is another first for Ampcontrol and we look forward to continuing our support of the HDSN in our local communities.